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What is CBT?

What is CBT?

CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidence-based and highly effective psychotherapeutic approach, aimed at solving problems related to dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and thoughts (what are also known as ‘cognitions’) and identifying the links between each of these areas.​


CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, in the present, rather than exploring and focusing on your past in lots of detail.  We do often spend some time initially discussing early experiences to enable us to gain a better understanding of the development of your current difficulties but the focus in CBT, is in short, looking at what is maintaining your current difficulties and understanding how it developed, rather than exploring in detail what may have contributed to your problem/s.

In CBT, your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set therapeutic goals for you to work through and towards during treatment.  Deciding together, on what difficulties you want to work on in order to improve your situation with a view to continuing to use CBT techniques after your treatment ends.  You can find out more in 'What to Expect'.

CBT works

Many CBT treatment programs for specific disorders have been evaluated for efficacy and most evidence favours CBT over other approaches.   This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

What can CBT help with?

NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of anxiety disorders including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis and bipolar disorder and depression.

CBT Treatments available at the CBT Practice for::​
  • Panic Attacks
  • ​Agoraphobia 
  • ​Social Anxiety
  • Performance Anxiety
  • ​Specific Phobias
  • ​Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • ​Stress
  • ​Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or excessive worry
  • ​Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • ​Depression
  • ​Mood changes due to long-standing medical conditions
  • Sleep difficulties including insomnia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Anger
  • Perfectionism
  • Health Anxiety
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder