What is CBT and why do we use it?

Welcome to the next module!

So far we have covered what low self-esteem is, how it develops, how it is maintained as well as it’s connection to low mood and anxiety. It is important for us to know the what’s and the why’s before moving onto how we change these thinking patterns and ultimately boost self-esteem.

Well, in the next couple of modules, we’ll be doing exactly that! We’ll be investigating the different techniques and ways in which we can build a healthier self-perception.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is an evidence based talking therapy that suggests that changing unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours can make us feel a whole lot better. CBT prefers a ‘here and now’ approach, such that thoughts and behaviours that are maintaining the problems can be tackled. Although, there is some reflection on the past and how this may have started the difficulties for the client. Even though there are protocols that need to be followed, CBT is heavily based on individual experience, and as such is flexible in it’s approach.

What is CBT and why do we use it? Brighter Life Therapy

In the context of self-esteem, the treatment techniques are based on theses ideas. CBT is an active form of treatment that utilises a mix of discussion, little experiments, worksheets, writing on whiteboards, roleplays, etc, all of which help tackle low self-esteem!