Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short-term talking treatment proven to be effective with a range of mental health problems. It is a practical, present-focused approach and involves working with your therapist to explore what is keeping problems going and to look for ways to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

How does CBT work?

CBT is based on the core principle that how we think, feel, and behaviour are all closely linked and impact each other. This interconnected relationship is often likened to a cycle. When we are faced with a challenge, a negative thought can impact on how we feel which, in turn, can influence how we behave in response to that feeling. If we respond with an unhelpful behaviour, this trigger more negative thoughts and the cycle continues, until we feel so bad, it starts to interfere with our day-to-day life.

While it can be difficult to stop feeling a certain way, our thoughts and our behaviours can be easier to adjust. CBT help to identify thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that may be negatively impacting on our lives and allow us to develop the tools to interrupt the cycle. 

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What makes CBT different from other talking therapies or counselling?

Unlike some more traditional forms of talking treatment and counselling, CBT is:

  • Short-term. Depending on what you are struggling with, CBT usually lasts 4-6 sessions.
  • Present-focused. While your therapist may touch on aspects of the past to gain greater understanding, the focus of CBT is to find ways to deal successfully with what you are facing right now.
  • Collaborative and practical. Your therapist will act as your guide as you discover patterns behind your thoughts and behaviours. Together, you will develop a personalised plan and toolkit to help you reach your therapy goals. You may be given exercises and homework to complete as your therapy goes along.

What is CBT recommended for?

  • Adult ADHD & neurodiversity
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement (including traumatic bereavement)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Burnout
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression and low mood
  • Low self-esteem
  • Managing work-life balance
  • Menopause
  • OCD
  • Overcoming bullying in the workplace
  • Panic attacks
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Phobias
  • Physical health problems (cardiac problems, recovery from surgery, adjusting to long-term conditions)
  • PTSD
  • Social anxiety
  • Worry (generalised anxiety disorder)

Is CBT proven to work?

CBT is the most evidence-based therapies out there. Research evidence show that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been proven to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.

This is why The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for anxiety disorders, low mood, stress, and sleep problems and it is the preferred form of treatment for these conditions.

Is CBT for me?

If you would like to know more about whether CBT is right for you and your unique needs, please fill in our online request or give us a call.

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