Due to the misconception and scepticism surrounding Cognitive Therapy the following questions and answers will help to allay fears and encourage further insight into the benefits of this therapy.
So what briefly is Cognitive Therapy?
Cognitive denotes thinking or thought process. This therapy recognises the mind is invisibly formed of two parts, the conscious and unconscious (subconscious)
By utilising gentle techniques changes can be introduced via the unconscious mind which in turn change negative thinking processes and behaviour. These behavioral patterns are often formed in childhood ironically formed by the unconscious mind protecting us.
What’s the difference between this therapy and Counselling?
A counsellor is a qualified professional that effectively listens and and talks through any problems and emotional traumas etc It’s a very “non-directive” approach that is to say they are unable to help you eradicate any negative symptoms or thought processes. The foundation of Cognitive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that how people think affects their health, wellbeing and behaviour. The Cognitive Therapist will work with you identifying any triggers causing the negative thought processes. The treatment is directive and focussed with agreed goals to be achieve.
Isn’t Cognitive Therapy to do with trance?
This is one of the biggest concerns surrounding Cognitive based therapies.
As a Christian Therapist I am fully aware of the connotations with the founder of hypnotism Mesmer and his occult practices. I utilise Visualisation techniques which are becoming widely utilised within Christian training institutes.
A session will typically begin with prayer, then an evaluation time which helps to establish trust and rapport, then together we agree on goals and objectives. After which there may be a time of reflective biblical visualisation with headphones and optional music. During this time agreed goals are reiterated and often reinforced with prayer. At any time my clients can open their eyes, converse with me, get up use the loo etc
For any positive change to occur in the mindset it is key for an individual to be relaxed and the unconsciousness mind is the key to making this happen. On a day-to-day basis we natural exhibit this state when we drive on “automatic pilot”for example, or “zone out” listening to music or “glaze over” when listening to a monotonous voice.
When I was reflecting over my treatment structure in how to incorporate these “switching off “moments I devised a biblical relaxation approach by reflecting on biblical pictures such as for example the Garden of Eden. This honours Phil 4 vs 8.
Finally I choose to invite God to be focal in every session so if is never me the therapist empowering the change, I merely am the instrument.
For any one who has concerns and opinions about my therapy I always invite them to meet me. The reason why I do this is because of Matthew 7 vs 15-20. People that meet me will see how much I love the Lord and see firsthand my desire for people to be free of all negative thinking that hinders their Christian lives.