What is a typical session like?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy typically includes these steps:

  • Identify troubling situations or conditions in your life These may include issues such as a medical condition, grief, anger or symptoms of a mental illness. At Cork Cognitive Therapy, during the assessment, time is allocated to deciding what problems and goals you want to focus on.

  • Become aware of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs about these situations or conditions. Once you've identified the problems you want to work on, we enable you to share your thoughts about them. This may include observing what you tell yourself about an experience (your "self-talk"), your interpretation of the meaning of a situation, and your beliefs about yourself, other people and events.

  • Identify negative or inaccurate thinking To help you recognise patterns of thinking and behaviour that may be contributing to your problem, we use a variety of techniques to identify negative thinking and cognitive distortions. Identifying these thinking errors is an important step on the road to wellness.

  • Challenge negative or inaccurate thinking Once negative thoughts and thinking errors are identified, we challenge them. With practice, helpful thinking and behaviour patterns will become a habit.