Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is about learning to identify and understand difficulties in terms of the relationship between your thoughts, your feelings and your actions, and how they are preventing you from getting the most out of your life. Most people at some time in their lives experience feelings of insecurity, low self esteem and lack of confidence which can lead to putting off making important decisions, avoiding challenges and missing out on opportunities. Once in place these negative patterns can begin to reinforce themselves leading to feelings of frustration and unhappiness, worry and sometimes even Depression.

How Does CBT Work?

A course of CBT will show you how you can break free from this vicious circle leading you to see how things can be different- coaching you to genuinely appreciate your own worth, view yourself in a more kindly and appreciative way and find a positive and constructive path to fulfilment, balance and happiness in your life. In addition, it will provide you with a set of tools for managing your emotions and dealing effectively with any difficulties you may face in the future.

What sort of problems can CBT help with?

In addition to providing a framework and process to help you develop and maintain a sense of balance and fulfilment in your life, research has shown CBT to be helpful with a wide range of psychological problems;

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Low self esteem
  • Phobias
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Obsessive compulsive Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Eating Disorders/unhelpful eating patterns

It may be useful to explore difficulties within a cognitive framework even if you are not really sure whether the above list applies to you, but where you have a general sense of struggling to cope.

CBT is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) in their guidelines for the treatment of psychological problems.