Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This form of face to face therapy is based on scientific principles that research has shown to be effective for a wide range of difficulties.  It is a structured, short-term therapy.

The therapist will work with you to help identify and understand your problems and how they affect your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.  They will help you develop practical skills to deal with these problems.

CBT involves:

  • Identifying specific goals that you would like to achieve with the support of your therapist.
  • Identifying and changing patterns of thinking and behaving that contribute to your difficulties.
  • Practicing skills that can help with your difficulties-this can be done in-between sessions at home.
  • Learning to be your own therapist by learning strategies that can be used throughout life.
  • Focusing on problems in the here and now, however the past can also be explored.
  • 6-12 face-to-face therapy sessions.

Research suggests that CBT is an effective therapy for people suffering from anxiety and depression including: panic, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.