Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
CBT is based on the theory that as individuals we develop thoughts and beliefs about ourselves, others and the world around us.
These thoughts and beliefs can affect the way we feel and the things we do.
For example if you view a situation as scary you may experience anxious feelings/emotions and then behave in a certain way CBT looks at identifying your unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and working together to develop new ways of thinking and behaving to enable you to experience healthy emotions.
The sessions are collaborative and there will be an emphasis on trying out the skills and techniques that you have learnt between sessions to consolidate them, this normally comes in the form of homework which is jointly agreed.
CBT is recommended by NICE the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence for a range of conditions including
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,
- Eating disorders,
Therapy can also be used to help individuals cope with physical health conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Chronic Pain.
This is just an example of what CBT can be helpful for if you do not see your problem listed please get in touch.
Sessions are usually held weekly and are 50 minutes.