The following information provides a brief introduction into Cognitive Therapy.
Our unconscious mind controls around 80 percent of our day to day routine. To understand this natural phenomenon think about the times you drive on ‘automatic pilot’ or ‘zone out ‘when listening to a monotonous voice. When we are in this state of mind Cognitive Therapy reframes the negative thinking process.
The word Cognitive denotes thinking or processing thoughts. Visually a cog wheel has a circular motion gaining momentum as it continues to rotate. In correlation a negative behavioural pattern will gain momentum over time so by the time you reach adulthood, symptoms are progressively worse.
Over 80% of negative emotional issues are first triggered in childhood usually below the age of around twelve. As children we don’t possess the maturity of mind to understand the true meaning of events as they occur. So as we grow into adults the unconscious mind perceives similar events to be the same negative childhood experience. It’s ironic that these negative behavioural patterns are a by-product of the unconscious mind which believes it is actually protecting us.
Neuro Linguistic Programming
Another technique utilised within Cognitive Therapy is Neuro Linguistic Programming. NLP created by Doctor Richard Bandler in the 1970’s, is an effective form of communication that relates to individual’s patterns of behaviour and thought patterns. By incorporating it into the session therapists are able to change emotional self awareness which in effect changes the negative behaviour.
NLP is commonly employed by a large number of practitioners including CBT Therapists, Counsellors, Cognitive Therapists etc. It’s also widely used in business, education and sports coaching to name but a few.
By combining Cognitive based therapy with biblical based visualisation and prayer I offer a very unique therapy for Christians. It is not uncommon these days to hear of churches who have their own in-house Counsellors.
Yet there is still remains a huge amount of fear and mistrust over Cognitive Therapy despite the fact that Counsellors openly practise both NLP and Cognitive Behavioural Techniques.