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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Dr Brian McClean

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behaviour) all interacts together. Specifically, our thoughts determine our feelings and our behaviour. Therefore, negative and unrealistic thoughts can cause us distress and result in problems. When a person suffers with psychological distress, the way in which they interpret situations becomes skewed, which in turn has a negative impact on the actions they take.

CBT aims to help people become aware of when they make negative interpretations, and of behavioural patterns which reinforce the distorted thinking. Cognitive therapy helps people to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving which aims to reduce their psychological distress.

Dr McClean teaches participants how to identify distorted cognitions (thoughts) through a process of evaluation. Participants learn to discriminate between their own thoughts and reality. They learn the influence that cognition has on their feelings, and they are taught to recognise, observe and monitor their own thoughts.

The idea is that the participants identify their own unhelpful beliefs and then prove them wrong. As a result, their beliefs begin to change.


Dr Brian McClean, B.A.M.Sc. (Clin) Psych. D.

Brian McClean qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Surrey in 1987. His doctoral thesis was on challenging behaviour. In 1994, he founded the Callan Institute for Behavioural Support and developed it as a national consultation and training agency in biopsychosocial intervention. He founded the Irish Association for Behavioural Support, which aims to promote quality services for people with challenging behaviours. His research interests include the effectiveness and maintenance of a positive behavioural support, service models for people with dual diagnosis and quality life outcomes. In 2001, he established a Behaviour Support Service in Co. Roscommon, which supported community living and real lifestyles for people needing behavioural support. He was chair of the Research sub-committee of the National Federation of Voluntary Body from 2007 - 2209, and is their designated expert on challenging behaviours. He is currently Senior Clinical Psychologist with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, where he provides Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness Based Behaviour Support.

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