Overthinking Counselling Wolverhampton
Psychological Therapy for Overthinking Problems
Overthinking is also known as ‘brooding’, ‘ruminating’ or sometimes ‘obsessing’ and in almost all cases that we have encountered is an attempt to ‘be in control’ of events or circumstances through the use of deeply analytical thinking.
In some respects it can also be considered as a ‘safety behaviour‘ because the main purpose of overthinking is to understand ALL of the possible variables in intricate detail so that you will be able to anticipate all of the possible negative outcomes and ‘be safer’.
Overthinking Assessment Test
When following the Thrive Programme here with us at Tranceform we use a number of assessments to determine if you have an overthinking style. The number of ‘YES’ responses you have to the following ten questions indicates (roughly) how much overthinking you do:
- Do you frequently find yourself thinking and worrying about something?
- Do you find it hard to sleep at night due to thoughts running through your mind?
- Do you focus on maintaining routine and order in your life?
- Are you fastidious about washing your hands every time you go to the toilet?
- Do you like to be really organised and make lists (of lists)?
- Does everything have to be ‘in the right place’?
- If you have a hobby do you tend to be very committed to it?
- Would sharing your friends toothbrush be ‘wrong’?
- Do you feel anxious if you are not ‘on top’ of everything?
- Do you take a long time to consider all the options before making any kind of decision?
(Adapted from ‘The Brooding Style’, The Thrive Programme Workbook, Rob Kelly, 2015)
Overthinking as a Benefit
Overthinking is not always a disadvantage and does not always create problems. If, for example, you wish to be a highly successful accountant, then you are most likely going to need a highly analytical thinking style, one in which you check, re-check and check again to ensure that you have detailed every single transaction. In this respect it provides you with an advantage that somebody who worries less about the detail would not benefit from.
Overthinking as a Problem
If, on the other hand, you have an overthinking style and spend most of your time thinking, in great detail, about every single thing that could possibly go wrong with your life, then your overthinking will almost certainly turn out to be a major disadvantage for you!
It is important to realise that overthinking is created by your core underlying belief that you NEED to exercise control in order to be ‘happy’ and this is almost always the actual reason WHY you are NOT as happy as you would like to be! Focusing all of your time and effort on trying to be in control is symptomatic of people who are actually out of control!
Transform Your Beliefs to Stop Overthinking!
If you’re committed to overcoming your overthinking problems then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course with Paul, or the Changing Limiting Beliefs (CLB) Programme with Joan.
Both the CBT course and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
FREE Initial Consultations for Overthinking Problems
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about overthinking problems and associated issues.
During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
We recommend following our 10 session course of advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems. CBT is the therapy of choice for developing a deep level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for then learning new coping mechanisms and strategies for sustainable change over your life.