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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a specific type of counselling approach. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children.

In CBT problems are broken down into five main areas:-

CBT is based on the concept that these five areas are interconnected and affect one another, for example your thoughts about a certain situation can often affect how you feel both physically and emotionally, which in turn impacts upon how you act in response

This type of therapy is a practical, present focused approach based in the principle that the way people think, feel and behave results from learning processes; therefore it follows that people can unlearn and relearn different ways of coping.

I will work collaboratively with you, examining how you think about your personal situation, how these thoughts then affect the things you do and in turn how this can affect how you respond. You will then learn how you can adapt your behaviours, or your thinking patterns, or both of these.

As this type of therapy involves learning new skills, learning and practice outside the therapy session are essential parts of treatment. For these reasons those most likely to benefit from a CBT approach are those with a degree of motivation, who are willing to look at themselves and who are happy to take some responsibility for working on their difficulties.

There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating the anxiety disorders including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Attacks, Specific Phobias, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders.