Types of therapy
CBT is considered the ‘gold standard,’ of psychotherapy, and it is an integral part of our treatment method. Our team of experts will help you identify and work through destructive patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviour in many hours of one-on-one CBT sessions. 

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic technique that helps you change unhelpful behavioural patterns. It is the most effective treatment method available, with studies showing a reduction of 50 – 75% in symptoms after just 5 – 15 sessions. Unlike other treatment methods, CBT does not focus on your past. Instead, it is goal-orientated and strategic, often involving ‘homework’ to complete throughout the week. There are many different CBT treatment techniques, and our specialists will help you decide which are right for you.

How Does CBT Work? 

CBT was invented in the 1960s by Dr Aaron T. Beck, a psychiatrist who found that specific patterns of thinking influence how we feel, which he called ‘automatic negative thoughts.’ In other words, he realised that what you think can impact how you feel, which in turn, affects how you respond to life-events. 

For example, imagine you are the CEO of a small-scale company who suffers from low levels of anxiety. Suddenly, your business begins to grow and succeed at a rapid rate. But, paradoxically, the more money you earn, the worst the anxiety becomes. As a result, even though work is going well, it becomes more and more stressful. Eventually, you become agitated whenever you receive an email or go to a meeting. This agitation begins to impact your relationships, as your mind begins searching for ‘proof’ that your employees or shareholders think that you are doing a lousy job. You may become defensive and short-tempered, which makes you feel lonely and unsupported. To cope with these difficult emotions, you could start relying on alcohol which sows the seeds for a dependency.

During a CBT session, your therapist will help you identify which negative beliefs contributed to the anxiety and why they made success feel frightening. For instance, they could help you list evidence that supports your belief that everyone thinks you are a bad CEO and evidence that counteracts this idea. Then, you dive deeper into this evidence and explore whether it reflects reality or is an ‘automatic negative thought.’ Through techniques like these, you may begin to realise that you held the negative belief that you were not worthy of success, suffered from a fear of failure, or any of the many other harmful ideas we can unknowingly hold about ourselves. Once identified, your therapist will help you overcome these thoughts via various techniques, such as practising positive self-talk or journaling your achievements.

CBT at Paracelsus Recovery 

While CBT is a highly effective stand-alone treatment, at Paracelsus Recovery, we use it in conjunction with other techniques. For instance, your treatment plan could consist of many hours of CBT, EMDR, mindfulness-based therapy, yoga and biochemical restoration. In so doing, we make sure that our treatment programme can restore your health on a neurochemical, emotional and physical level.

CBT can help with issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Narcissistic Abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress and Burnout 

Our psychotherapeutic team consists of many leading experts in cognitive behavioural therapy. Before sessions begin, your psychotherapist will help you create a treatment plan. We adopt the ‘SMART’ model, which involves focusing on specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-limited goals.

We provide CBT at our inpatient treatment centre in Zurich and in London.

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FAQs

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a highly effective form of psychotherapy. CBT therapists help their patients understand the relationship between their negative thoughts or beliefs and how these thoughts lead to harmful behaviours. Once identified, a CBT therapist will use various techniques to help you overcome those harmful beliefs.

CBT helps us gain control over our thoughts, which has countless benefits for our health, relationships and lives. Unlike more traditional forms of psychotherapy which can take years, CBT can resolve symptoms in a matter of months. CBT treatment for depression is also as effective as medication.

CBT can be challenging because it requires a lot of commitment and will-power. While it only takes a few months, it will be time-consuming during that period. For instance, in addition to the one-to-one sessions, you will receive homework and tasks to complete.

CBT treatment for anxiety involves identifying each feeling, situation or thought that is causing you anxiety. Then, once identified, you implement a plan for overcoming these difficulties. Research shows that it is as effective as medication, and it is even more effective if undertaken for 6‑months or longer.

CBT treatment for anxiety involves identifying each feeling, situation or thought that is causing you anxiety. Then, once identified, you implement a plan for overcoming these difficulties. Research shows that it is as effective as medication, and it is even more effective if undertaken for 6‑months or longer.