Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is extremely popular for treating Depression and other Mental Health Challenges that are caused and reinforced by unhealthy thinking patterns. It provides the client with the tools to become aware of and challenge or change their runaway thoughts, their distorted thought patterns helping them become aware how much their negative thinking is affecting their emotions, their behaviour. It provides the client with an effective self-help skill that has been widely researched and demonstrated as being a very effective tool at reducing further relapses of depression, chronic anxiety or chronic stress.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is often combined with Mindfulness a style of meditation. I have studied and taught various styles of meditation and find that any meditation technique or state of being that supports one to be in the moment, be aware, is a useful aid at slowing down, spacing out the monkey mind, that runaway train of thoughts that leads us to all sorts of conclusions, perceptions, beliefs, feelings and reactions.
Meditation when taught correctly increases a deeper state of awareness and a state of being that allows us to access the peace, the calm, the stillness at any moment, free from the inner chatter or self critical inner dialogue that engulfs our day to day living. Most meditation techniques use a point of focus/awareness that helps increase our awareness of the self whilst loosening of the over identification with our thoughts. In western society we identify and believe we are our thoughts, meditation gives us more respite, peace from this illusion.