What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based psychotherapy.
It’s a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety disorders and depression.
CBT is recommended by NICE guidance (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as being the treatment of choice for a wide range of emotional problems.
CBT cannot remove your problems, but it can help you deal with them in a more positive way. It’s based on the principle that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected. During times of distress, an individual’s thoughts may become negative, distorted and unhelpful, affecting how they feel and behave, which may trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT aims to help you crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks at practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
What happens during CBT sessions?
During sessions you will work with your therapist to break down your problems into their separate parts – your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions.
You and your therapist will analyse these areas to work out if they are unrealistic or unhelpful and to determine the effect they have on you and each other.
Your therapist will then be able to help you work out how to change these unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. After working out what you can change, your therapist will ask you to practice these changes in your daily life and you will discuss how you got on during the next session.
The eventual aim of therapy is to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life.
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