Mind Body Symbiosis
Mind affects body – affects mind
We have already established that it is NOT events that cause emotions (events don’t cause feelings), but rather the ‘meaning’ of those events that then create the emotional ‘response’. So having the thought that ‘I am ugly’ is likely to trigger feelings of shame, guilt or sadness.
CBT also considers that the way we feel can also have an influence on the way that we ‘think’, this causal relationship between thoughts and feelings is known as mind-body symbiosis (one relies on the other).
So if I have the thought that ‘I am ugly’ and then feel sad and depressed then I am more likely to have thoughts that I am ugly, one ‘feeding’ the other! The impact that ‘behaviour’ has on our thinking is also reinforced by the way we act. If, for example, I avoid walking through the local park because somebody got mugged there 6 months ago, I create the idea that the streets are ‘dangerous’ and so might avoid going out at all. This limits my ability to challenge that idea and prove that the streets are, on the whole, completely safe, because I don’t go out anymore and so therefore cannot ever ‘establish’ any contradictory ‘evidence’ to prove otherwise.
In this way ‘avoiding the streets’ (a safety behaviour) to make me feel ‘safe’ has the opposite effect and makes me feel MORE anxious and not safe at all!
This mind-body symbiosis also provides potential solutions – because our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all interconnected in this way, making a change to any one of them has an inevitable influence on the other two.
So, CBT may involve changing thoughts, feelings or behaviours to bring about changes to problems.
We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and last around 50 minutes
Why not drop us an e-mail to find out if we can help before arranging your initial assessment or, if you prefer, pre-purchase a course and we’ll get back to you to arrange a mutual date and time.
During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At TranceForm Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.