I've heard of it, GeorginaA knows what it is, she advised me to try it but i don't think it's available in the nhs.
Yes Relfection you're right it does help you to see things differently and feel differently.
I haven't done a course but have tailored my own thinking around a lot of its principles (techniques to break yourself out of negative thinking) and I have to say it's helped a lot. If you have access to a proper therapist trained in CBT techniques then go for it.
It's possible to learn the process out of books and slowly train yourself, but only really when you're not already at a low point. I worked really hard at modifying my thought behaviour after a depressive episode when I had the strength to be determined not to go there again.
sorry if this looks rude but a bit short of time so am going to copy and paste old posts of mine on this topic
ABOUT FINDING A CBT THERAPIST
By mummytosteven on Monday, 5 July, 2004 9:29:32 PM
or try these guys:-
The British Association for Behavioural and
Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) http://www.babcp.com
If you are looking for a qualified psychotherapist, you could look to see privately someone who works in the NHS as a clinical psychologist. I reckon that if the NHS will have them they must at the very least have the appropriate qualifications, and can't be too dodgy or they would have been kicked out! The guy I see is also a RMN (registered mental nurse) which i guess isn't strictly necessary but is sort of reassuring that the person has done the less glamorous side of the job IYSWIM.
and a description of the sort of things I experienced with CBT:
By mummytosteven on Friday, 11 March, 2005 7:20:53 PM
if you do get accepted for NHS CBT, waiting list is quite likely to be in the region of 18 months, unfortunately.
what I had by way of CBT was for two separate things
1)CBT for OCD
2)CBT for depression/anxiety/low self-esteem
For OCD, it was cognitive in terms of getting me to look at attitudes towards risk and responsibility more realistically, and behavioural in terms of me reducing compulsive handwashing
For Depression etc, it was something called Schema Therapy. I only really did that specific therapy as I wanted to carry on with the same guy I saw for the OCD, (apparently it is usually longer term, for people worse off than me). I found it very helpful as it focussed on how you had an unrealistic view of yourself, and have developed unhealthy thoughts/behaviour patterns due to that, and how to break out of the pattern. One of the things I did with my therapist was looking at things on a "continuum" - i.e. rating certain statements about myself between 1 and 100, like how good a mother I was, and then working through why I felt I was doing stuff wrong, what I should be expecting of myself etc.
So that instead of when something goes wrong/someone says something critical of going off into a long fret/thinking I am crap/useles/failure etc that I am aware of what I am doing and can stop myself "wallowing" in self-criticism.
sorry for that long ramble, hope you find something useful in there
Reflection, something else you might look for to supplement (particularly in book form) is NLP - NeuroLinguistic Programming. Not quite the same but shares some similar ideas about reprogramming the way your brain works and thinks about things. Almost certainly can't get it on the NHS, but I got quite "eclectic" mixing and matching different psychological ideas and became my own experiment .
Find something written very simply though, because some of the material can be a bit up its own arse .
Good question MM... most of the stuff I've found on the net seems very psychology speak orientated which I don't think is that accessible... best one I've found on a quick scan is Honest Abe's NLP answers which appears quite down to earth but even so does seem to get a bit unnecessarily technical in places.
Books wise something like NLP for Dummies seem to avoid most of the techno-jargon.
Mind you, I look for similar ideas everywhere - I've found some inspiring things in one of the Dilbert books where the author talks about self-fulfilling prophecies and manipulating that - the last place I'd have actually looked for help!