Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. Unlike other types of talking treatments, such as psychotherapy, CBT deals with current problems rather than focusing on issues from the past. It looks for practical ways to improve a person’s state of mind on a daily basis.
CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. Talking and changing our behaviour can change how we think (cognitive) and what we do (behaviour).
The therapist and client work together in changing the clients behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both these.
CBT is not a quick fix, it involves hard work during and between sessions. The client and therapist will discuss specific difficulties and will set goals.
CBT has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children and is recommended by NICE in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis and bipolar disorder