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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective psychological treatment and talking therapy that has been shown to effectively treat a number of conditions and manage life issues. It focusses on the way that your thoughts influence your emotions and actions. It aims to help you experience healthier thoughts and feelings and eliminate those thoughts which cause, perpetuate or worsen the problem you are facing.

How does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy work?

You will work with your therapist to identify goals. CBT aims to help you reach those goals by exploring the ways that you think, feel and act now rather than looking at your past experience. Your therapist will lead you to gather information about yourself and then they will help you to discover solutions you can use going forward. In the process you will learn how to do this for yourself.

The benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • A greater understanding of the way that your thoughts can negatively and positively affect your actions, feelings and wellbeing.
  • A set of clearly defined goals to work towards.
  • Techniques appropriate to you that will help you to alleviate symptoms or change negative behaviour.


Updated 03 January 2019