What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based talking therapy which research has shown helps older children, teenagers and adults with many different types of psychological problems. The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which provides independent guidance for the NHS recommends CBT in the treatment of many mental health conditions.
CBT explores how a person’s thinking patterns influence their emotional reactions to events, and how these patterns influence choices about how to respond (behaviours). It aims to identify unhelpful thought-feeling-behaviour cycles, and to help you develop alternative ways of thinking about and/or responding to trigger situations. Treatment is based on a personalised formulation, and CBT is a collaborative and motivating type of talking therapy, which suits many people.
Often CBT will look at current problems and explore how to solve them in the here and now but sometimes therapy may also involve looking at significant past experiences from your life and considering if these still impact on your life today. This can give you a more detailed understanding of what is keeping your problems going and support you in making changes.
What can CBT help with?
Depression and associated issues
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Panic Disorder or Panic Attacks
Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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