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What is CBT?

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT for short, is an evidence-based and highly effective therapeutic approach.  It is aimed at solving problems related to dysfunctional emotions, behaviours and thoughts (what are also known as ‘cognitions’).  CBT identifies the interconnection between each of these areas and aims to identify the relationship between them.​  For example, the thoughts that you have about a particular situation can have a significant impact on your physical and emotional well-being, as well as influence your actions and behaviours in response to that situation.

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CBT works

Numerous cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment programs targeting specific mental health disorders have undergone thorough evaluations to determine their effectiveness, with the majority of evidence supporting CBT as a superior approach compared to other therapeutic methods. This extensive research has been meticulously examined by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), an organization that offers impartial, evidence-driven recommendations to the National Health Service (NHS) regarding the most successful and scientifically validated treatments available.

What can CBT help with?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggests cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as an effective treatment for various anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, tinnitus, and insomnia. 

 

Furthermore, research indicates that CBT can be beneficial for individuals dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on the present, emphasizing how individuals think and behave currently rather than delving deeply into past issues for resolution. The initial sessions may involve exploring early life experiences to provide insight into the development of current challenges, but the primary aim of CBT is to identify and address the factors that are maintaining these difficulties.

 

During CBT sessions, the therapist and client collaborate to establish specific goals tailored to the individual's needs, working together to address and overcome the identified problems. This collaborative approach ensures that the therapy is pragmatic, structured, and goal-oriented, with a focus on understanding the root causes of current issues and developing strategies to manage them effectively.

 

By actively participating in the therapy process and learning practical techniques, individuals can gain a better understanding of their difficulties and acquire the necessary skills to cope with challenges in the future. The emphasis on collaboration and goal-setting in CBT helps individuals take an active role in their treatment and empowers them to continue using CBT strategies independently even after the therapy sessions have concluded. 

CBT Treatments available at the CBT Practice for:

  • Panic Attacks
  • ​Agoraphobia 
  • ​Social Anxiety / Performance Anxiety
  • ​Specific Phobias
  • ​Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • ​Stress
  • Irritable Bowel
  • ​Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or excessive worry
  • ​Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • ​Depression
  • ​Mood/anxiety changes due to long-standing medical conditions
  • Sleep difficulties including insomnia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Anger
  • Perfectionism
  • Health/Illness Anxiety
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Tinnitus
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