Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that recognises that when we become distressed, we repeat patterns of thinking and behaviour, which maintain our difficulties. Through learning to recognise our unhelpful thoughts and behaviours we can then develop more flexible alternatives. This enables us to recover.
CBT provides a structured approach to talking about our difficulties and how we see ourselves, others and the world. This then stimulates opportunities to question our perspectives and behaviours, enabling changes in our mood. CBT is a short-term therapy with long-term effects. It focuses on helping people regain lost skills and developing new ones. This approach is the preferred treatment of choice for most mood disorders.
CBT recognises the importance of past experiences and focuses on what we learnt from them and how they impact on our life now.
CBT is the preferred treatment for anxiety and depression, but is not suitable for everyone.
- Anger management
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- PAIN management
- Postnatal Depression
- Relationship Difficulties
- Trauma (PTSD)
- Work stress and performance anxiety
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
NICE guidelines recommend CBT as the treatment of choice for the majority of mood disorders.
It is proven to help people overcome their distress and reduce the risk of future episodes.
NICE guidance: CBT is the “preferred treatment for depression and anxiety. For mild depression medication is not recommended but CBT is. For moderate to severed depressive episodes a combination of medication and CBT is recommended.