Westminster Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Your guide to a balanced life
CBT aims to get to the bottom of your issues by identifying the unhealthy and healthy negative beliefs you might hold in any specific situation. Once the assessment process is over, then we begin to challenge unhealthy negative beliefs and support your healthy negative beliefs that help you to move on in life in a healthy and flexible direction.
The aim of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is to help you move from a negative unhealthy belief and destructive emotion to a flexible and more realistic belief as well as emotion. It does not necessarily mean that you will be instantly and unrecognisably transformed, however by encouraging flexible and more rational thinking you will be better equipped to deal with various adversities of life in more constructive ways. You will also adapt useful techniques that will help you to become your own therapist.
The type of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy I practice is based on REBT (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy), which was designed by an American clinical psychologist Dr. Albert Ellis. According to Ellis our disturbances do not come directly from upsetting events but from the irrational and unhelpful perceptions we have about them. That is why it is essential to identify your unhealthy and healthy negative beliefs first, so that you are able to unveil the specific cognitive, emotional and behavioural triggers that lead you to the problem that you experience today. REBT therapists call this process enlightened self-interest. It produces not just an intellectual understanding of how your beliefs influence emotions, but a profound philosophical change in those beliefs which hold you back in life.