about CBT, NLP, Mindfulness & Guided Imagery

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

CBT can help you deal with problems in a more positive way. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you break down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and show you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

  • CBT has been shown to be an effective way of treating a number of different mental health conditions. In addition to depression or anxiety disorders, CBT can also help people with:
    Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
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    Panic disorder
    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    Weight loss, also eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia
    Sleep problems, such as insomnia
    Alcohol misuse

    CBT is sometimes used to treat people with long-term health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). CBT cannot cure the physical symptoms of these health conditions, but it can help people cope better with their symptoms.

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

During the 1970s Richard Bandler and John Grinder researched how effective people communicate to find out how this could be passed on and replicated by anyone. They called this process neuro-linguistic programming; it codes how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and how we get the results (programming). This evolved to become a way of thinking based upon choices and the idea that there is a positive intention underpinning all action, and this can be applied in all walks of life.Whatever you do and whatever your age, you will find that NLP provides a better way of connecting with people and will enable you to discover more about yourself and how excellence in one area of your life can be transferred and applied in other areas.yes you can

If you have read the hypnotherapy page on this website, you know that the unconscious part of our mind determines behaviour. NLP uses external behavioural clues to delve beyond the conscious mind to understand the processes running at the unconscious level which control behaviour. This is the reason NLP is so successful in so many different areas of life - at work, in relationships, in sport, and for our general health.

A core principle of NLP is 'If you always do what you've always done you will always get what you've always got'. In other words, if your current behaviour is unconsciously not getting you what you want in life then by making this unconscious behaviour conscious, you can make more resourceful choices and get a better result!

Many people study NLP to help them become more effective in their chosen field. The patterns can be employed across a wide area of applications ranging from fields as diverse as:

ducation (all levels)
eam building & training
ales & marketing
usiness & management
ersonal & professional development, leadership and coaching
elationships (personal & professional) 

Wherever there is human interaction and growth potential, NLP can be used to develop and enhance performance.


Mindfulness is a form of meditation that is both a skill and a way of living. It is about having an increased awareness and acceptance of the here and now, rather than being caught in the past or worrying all the time abrelaxed womanout the future. Increasingly, research is showing the profoundly beneficial effects that mindfulness can have on the mind and body, on our sense of wellbeing and on our relationships with ourselves and others. Mindfulness isn’t focussed on fixing problems – it emphasises acceptance first and change may or may not come later. So if you suffer from anxiety, mindfulness allows you to accept the feeling of anxiety rather than denying or fighting the feeling, and so allow change to occur naturally. The saying goes: ‘What we resist, persists’. Mindfulness says: ‘What you accept, transforms’. It is different from relaxation in that it involves retraining the mind to focus on all the stimuli received from the body as they arrive. This state has been shown to cause measurable changes in the brain and the rest of the body that can persist beyond the mediation session. The amygdalae in the brain are less active after a session which helps to reduce anxiety and stress; inflamatory gene activity is reduced so speeding recovery from physical injury; blood pressure is reduced; IBS symptoms may lessen, and it may be easier to control lower back pain.

Guided Imagery

Guided imagery, sometimes called visualisation, is a mind-body intervention that uses the power of imagination to bring about change in your physical, emotional, or spiritual wellbeing. You are guided to form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing – trying also to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights,beach walk sounds and textures. By doing this, your brain can send messages along the body’s endocrine, immune and autonomic nervous systems that help change a wide range of bodily functions, including heart and breathing rates and blood pressure.

Using PET scanning techniques, researchers have found that the same parts of the brain are activated when people are imagining something as when they are actually experiencing it. Guided imagery has been shown to benefit people by reducing side-effects of cancer treatment, reducing anxiety prior to surgery, coping with stress and managing headaches and insomnia.

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