Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ( CBT )
What is CBT?
CBT is a type of "talking treatment" that focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems.
It combines cognitive therapy (examining and exploring the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining and exploring the things you do).
CBT is based on the idea that problems aren't caused by situations themselves, but by how we interpret them in our thoughts. These can then affect our feelings and actions.
How does CBT Work
In CBT you work with a therapist to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and behaviour which may be causing you difficulties.
In turn this can change the way you feel about situations, and enable you to change your behaviour in future.
You and your therapist might focus on what is going on in your life right now, but you might also look at your past, and think about how your past experiences impact the way you see the world.
CBT also relies on commitment from the individual, including "homework" between therapy sessions. It can also involve confronting fears and anxieties, and this isn't always easy to do.
Is CBT suitable for me
Of all the talking therapies, CBT has the most clinical evidence to show that it works.Although many people can benefit from CBT,ultimately as with many treatments that are available today you might find that it just doesn't suit you, or doesn't meet your needs. Due to the multidisciplinary methods available we can then find alternatives that will.