What is CBT?

cognitive-therapy-picCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of talking treatment which is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT has been recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) as the therapy of choice for a variety of different mental health problems.
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown coping skills to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. By understanding our thoughts and modifying our behaviour, we can break the vicious cycle of negativity caused by these.
In between sessions clients can work on different cognitive and behavioural exercises.
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
CBT is also empirically supported and has been proven to effectively help clients overcome a wide variety of maladaptive behaviours and it has been shown to be beneficial for anger, depression, anxiety, stress, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety, alcohol and drug addictions, post traumatic stress disorder, low self esteem, self-harm and work related issues.

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