Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in Brookswood, Langley
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
According to the American Psychological Association, eating disorders are “behavioral conditions characterized by severe and persistent disturbance in eating behaviors and associated distressing thoughts and emotions”.
Dr. Michael Dadson (mike Dadson), observes, “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works on the basis that the how we interpret or perceive experiences, interactions, conversations in our life events, will affect our behaviour, our reaction or response and most importantly our feelings”.
“CBT is based on a solid body of sound research. It shows that our thoughts interact with our feelings and can significantly shape our perceptions of ourselves, our moods, our beliefs and our meaning making process.”, There is little doubt that the way we language our thoughts and feelings plays a significate role in our ability to manage stress and our overall Mental Health” concludes Dr. Mike Dadson.
Dr. Michael Dadson (Mike Dadson), points out “there is an abundance of social media telling us our thoughts will change how we feel. In some cases this is helpful but not always clinically significant”. Dr. Mike Dadson also remarks, “a significant portion of CBT is about changing behaviours”.
When a person is depressed, there is usually a presence of negative beliefs, self-image and self-talk. Often these thoughts and self-talk are never directed at anyone else just and expression of our own inner critic. Dr. Mike Dadson explains, “It is not uncommon for us to call ourselves names such as stupid, idiot, loser, ugly, fat a failure or something similar”. “We have a relationship with ourselves that we would never consider acceptable with anyone else but this is a relationship like no other because where ever we go there we are. We are always with ourselves and the way we relate to ourselves is the atmosphere of our life experience. It becomes so common we can be hardly aware of how it is effecting us in the background.
Once we begin to experience feelings of anxiety over our negative thoughts, we also have physiological reactions such as increased heart rate and can experience a sort of mental shut down in ability to process information or function. Dr. Michael Dadson explains “no one wants to feel this way, nor should they. A portion of the CBT process focused on retraining negative thought patterns which in turn affect moods, emotions and behaviours”
Commonly, unhealthy behaviours are either avoidant or compulsive. Dr. Michael Dadson provides examples of avoidant behaviours such as “avoiding going out and avoiding seeing friends or family, becoming isolated, or procrastination. Compulsive thoughts behaviours “focus on a repetition of thoughts and cognitive loops or being unable to keep from repetitive behaviour like, consuming too much alcohol, over exercising, excessive washing or binge eating”.
“Avoidance can also become dysfunctional. Dysfunctional just means the behaviour or thoughts are ineffective or even counterproductive and dangerous” Dr. Michael Dadson notes, it “can numb your feelings, and this can just reinforce unpleasent feelings while shutting down pleasant ones. With the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy process, you are involved in setting the goals necessary to address the specific issue you are facing”.
Due to the volume of research and significance findings, Dr. Mike Dadson observes “CBT” is a front-line treatment for many mental health issues” including depression, anxiety, and panic disorder.