Behavioural therapy is a type that focuses on changing behaviours. Behaviour affects our daily living, from our personal relationships and daily tasks, to being able to manage conflict in the workplace. This type of therapy involves identifying objectionable, maladaptive behaviours and replacing them with healthier, positive types of behaviour.
Behavioural therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviours; not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this knowledge is that we can change the way we think, to feel and react better, even if the situation does not change. While some may be interested in intense discussion sessions (psychotherapy) that attempt to dig out the root of their issue, others want assistance coming up with a practical plan and strategies to deal with issues day by day. For this second group of people behavioural therapy may be the key to obtaining their goals.
At Balanced Life Therapy we use a model called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This is a highly structured talk therapy that focuses on everyday experiences. This teaches individuals to change their emotional thinking, beliefs, and attitudes that play an important role in negative emotional states like anxiety or depression. The basic idea in cognitive therapy is that the way we think influences the way we feel, and therefore, changing how we think can change how we feel.
We all know what it feels like to be afraid, worried and have feelings of anxiousness. it is hard to imagine living in a state of perpetual calm and safety, free from uncertainty, risk, danger or threats. Stress, anxiety, and fear are natural, and can be useful in some situations. However, for some people anxiety and fear become overwhelming, characterized by excessive and persistent feelings of apprehension, worry, tension, and nervousness over everyday situations that most people face with little concern. It can become severe enough to interfere with every aspect of functioning.
If you are burdened by any or all of these emotions and would like to have peace and contentment back in your life, please contact us or call. Let us support you so you can manage, and even embrace your life. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is considered one of the best treatments or tools for managing, and even overcoming these debilitating conditions.