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CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) seems to be quite a common therapy, probably because it seems to be the therapy of choice as recommended by GP's at the moment.

Many of my clients (of which many have symptoms resulting from mild to severe anxiety) have already been through extensive treatments of CBT and yet still have their symptoms. In my experience, CBT seems to me, at its fundamental level to be quite cruel and largely ineffective. To me this comes as no suprise because CBT does not aim to deal with the actual cause of the symptoms, only the symptoms themselves.

For example, many clients that I see who suffer from Emetophobia (fear of sick and vomit) who have been through a course of CBT - tell me how they were exposed to audio recordings of people being sick, or shown videos of people being sick - and asked to 'explore' how they feel. It wouldn't take a rocket scientist to understand how they feel... bloody terrified springs to mind. This would all be well and good if it actually helped, but helping a bit is all it seems to do. Of course this is all it could do because it's not dealing with the cause of the problem, only the symptom itself.

What is CBT?

CBT aims to help you understand how you think (the Cognitive), and how thie effects what you do (the Behavioural). CBT is quoted as not 'focussing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now' - herein lies the flaw of this therapy. Because it doesn't aim to release the person of the anxiety that is causing the symptoms - it only aims to help the person 'cope' with the symptoms. CBT at best can only help a person 'cope' a bit better with their symptoms - but I say, 'Why cope when you can be completely free?'.

CBT is like trying to stop a running tap by blocking the spout - this might work a bit, but I would think that a better approach is to turn the tap off. Wouldn't you?

How long does CBT treatment take?

CBT treatment length depends on the type and severity of problem the practioner is trying to treat, but typically is can be between 6 weeks and 6 months.

I don't practice CBT to help people with symptoms of anxiety because I know of a much more effective therapy

If CBT was effective at helping people permanently live their lives free of their symptoms, I would be practicing it right now, but it seldom (if ever) achieves this. Pure Hypnoanalysis is the only therapy in the World that can help someone live their lives permanently free of their symptoms because it's the only therapy in the World that deals with the cause of the problem, and not the problem itself. Once the cause is deal with (which is anxiety), the symptoms go away - permanently.

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