What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a 'talking therapy', whereby a therapist helps the individual to identify and challenge how their thoughts and behaviours can influence the way they feel during times of distress.
A Cognitive Behavioural Therapist works alongside the individual, helping them to identify how their unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns influence their problems. By doing so, the individual can then recognise the maintenance cycle and challenge both their thinking and behavioural patterns, resulting in a major improvement of how the individual feels and lives.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) offers a wide range of therapies, based on concepts derived from psychological models of human emotion and behaviour.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as an effective psychological treatment for the following problems:
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Health Anxiety
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Agoraphobia with or without Panic
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Specific Phobia
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Habit Disorders, Tics, Skin Picking, Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)