Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is a very practical type of therapy that looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing exclusively on issues from your past.

It is typically used to help manage depression and anxiety but there is good evidence to support its use with other conditions

  • bipolar disorder
  • borderline personality disorder
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • eating disorders – such as anorexia and bulimia
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • panic disorder
  • phobias
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • psychosis
  • schizophrenia
  • sleep problems – such as insomnia
  • problems related to alcohol misuse

How does CBT work?

Often our problems can seem overwhelming and CBT can help you deal with this in a more positive way by breaking problems down into smaller parts.

CBT also works by exploring the interconnected relationship between your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions. CBT targets the negative thoughts and feelings, as well as some of the behaviour we engage in, that can trap us in a vicious cycle.

As part of your treatment you and one of our therapists will work on developing a shared understanding of the psychological mechanisms that might be impacting on the way you feel. We will also work with you to look at strategies that will help you cope more effectively.

The eventual aim of therapy is to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life.

This should help you manage your problems and stop them having a negative impact on your life, even after your course of treatment finishes.

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