What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

CBT is a way of helping people cope with stress and emotional problems. It is often shorter term than other forms of psychotherapy. It puts an emphasis on how we process information, and seeks to re-train our perceptions and attitudes. Sometimes we can misinterpret information and thus pick up the wrong messages, so the client’s ‘rules for living’ are challenged by the therapist. CBT looks at current issues, but it does not ignore the past. It assists people in finding new methods of coping and problem solving.

By being able to see your situation from a different perspective we can build on your growing ability to respond to difficult everyday situations in a more flexible way once you can recognise your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and even physical sensations.

It often includes homework (or in between session practice) and gradually trying activities that might have been avoided. Research has proved that those who do their homework usually find their mental health problem improves quicker.

CBT is considered the gold standard of psychological therapies and has been recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the most appropriate treatment for anxiety disorders and depression(http://www.nice.org.uk/media/878/f7/cbtcommissioningguide.pdf).