Changing the way that you are thinking is the goal of cognitive therapy.
It’s not about changing everything that bothers you into something positive, but rather into something realistic.
This is accomplished by evaluating the nature and origin of the thoughts and allowing yourself the time to ask the question wether or not this particular thought is realistic, true, or wether it is helping you to solve your problem or feel better.
To do this we will ask you to keep a thought diary, in which you record all the thoughts that pass in your mind in times of trouble. We split up every event into the:
- A: activating event
- B: beliefs, i.e. the thoughts that follow A
- C: the consequences of the thoughts in behavior and emotion
Using this routine we can identify your favorite negative thoughts and styles and help you to help yourself in changing these thought patterns.