Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – David Fidler

Psycho educational sessions reveal the past still holding sway over the present. How we act and think, in the here and now, is often programmed out of past experiences and relationships, and this informs our need to hide and protect painful and shaming beliefs about ourselves. CBT allows the client to see the past for what it was, accept that the “tools and rules for living” they have inherited, no longer serve them, and that they have done the best they can. We introduce the 5-factor model; negative automatic thinking, maladaptive rules and assumptions, and negative core beliefs; emotional exploration, and the gestalt cycle of awareness. All these models help increase client self awareness and an essential understanding of the triggers that lead to alcohol abuse. We teach them that recovery from alcohol addiction is about accepting ourselves for who we really are, warts and all, and celebrating our journey thus far. We teach them that though they have lived with few choices, by accepting that the programming they received was faulty, they have done the best they can with the tools they were given. Drink has served them, but no longer. They disturb themselves and this means change is possible, as they begin to become aware of their part, in their lives.

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