What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is CBT?

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is based on the simple idea that the way we think has a major impact on how we feel and behave.

Everyone will have his or her own individual reaction to a specific event. CBT helps us identify the most important thoughts, feelings and behaviours that make up these reactions. Once we have identified these reactions we can then decide whether they are accurate and helpful and so we are then able to make choices about how we respond. CBT is not about positive thinking. It provides a more realistic and balanced understanding of our problems.

CBT focuses on the ‘here and now’. It concentrates on our current difficulties and what is keeping them going. Our early-life experiences are looked at only in order to help us understand where certain attitudes, beliefs and behaviours may have originated.

It is an active and collaborative form of structured therapy using a problem-solving approach. We would work together towards finding strategies to achieve specific goals, which we would agree upon in the early sessions.

Before the end of treatment, we would draw up an individualised after-treatment plan or ‘therapy blueprint’ to prevent future relapse.

CBT provides you with the skills to manage and overcome your problem independently and therefore eventually to become your own CBT therapist. 

Length of treatment

Treatment is short to medium-term so therefore it is cost-effective. It typically consists of somewhere between 6 and 15 one-hour sessions, depending on the disorder and the severity of the problem. Sessions are usually weekly to begin with and can become less frequent as the treatment progresses. 

Why choose CBT?

More than any other therapy, CBT has been the subject of extensive and well-documented research and has shown that after completing therapy, people continue to stay well for longer.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as the psychological therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

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