Mental health issues – including addictions and eating disorders – are becoming an ever more serious issue in the UK, and existing counselling and support services are struggling to cope.
The statistics – and regular tragic headlines – make for sobering reading.
This makes it a great time to act, if you’re considering training in relevant skills or simply growing your understanding of effective psychotherapy techniques. If you’re already a psychosocial health practitioner or counsellor, adding to your ‘treasure chest’ of therapies can also be important. Not least as it improves your value to your employer and makes it easier to apply for new job roles.
One of the most respected ways to tackle a wide range of mental health issues is through cognitive behavioural therapy.
Is it possible to study CBT online, and what are the benefits of e-learning ‘talking therapies’?
Gaining qualifications in CBT – including taking online courses – provides valuable insights into how it can be applied in practice.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) endorses CBT, as an evidence-based method of tackling mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, but also personality disorders and eating disorders.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy? It’s the exploration of feelings, thoughts, behaviours and lifestyle choices. From this, it’s possible to help people work out the things that are becoming a problem, including triggers and coping mechanisms. People can often identify everyday changes that could improve their situation, to help them self-manage better mental health.
Benefits of online learning
Although the practical application of any therapy is an important part of the learning and training, it’s vitally important to have a basic understanding of the techniques involved from the outset.
When dealing with mental health support and counselling, you’re interacting with people who are vulnerable, exploring sensitive and often deeply distressing issues. Knowing the proper way to conduct a CBT session provides you with the best possible chance for it to be a positive experience for both you and the individual.
This is particularly important if you are new to CBT and need to learn the basics in a carefully developed CBT course.
Learning about this therapy via e-courses is also a great way to explore the techniques and background at your own pace, in your own time. This can be useful if you are developing CBT insights to further an existing career or are considering returning to work while raising a family.