“ We must learn to tailor our concepts to fit reality, instead of trying to stuff reality into our concepts. ” (Victor Daniels)

Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

In short CBT, or Cognitive Therapy,  refers to psychological approaches which are based on scientific principles and which research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems.

 

Clients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

 

The approach usually focuses on difficulties in the here and now, and relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the individual's problem. This then leads to the identification of personalised, time-limited therapy goals and strategies which are continually monitored and evaluated.

      The therapist and the client work together to:

 

What happens in a session?

Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What sort of problems can CBT address?

Research on behavioural and cognitive psychotherapies has been carried out extensively. This has shown it to be an effective form of psychotherapy, particularly for the following:

Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Eating problems

Phobias (e.g. agoraphobia, social phobia)

Sexual and relationship problems

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Child and adolescent problems

Depression

Chronic Pain

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Habit problems (e.g. tics)

Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Problems associated with a learning disability

Bipolar Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Sleep Disorders

Drug or Alcohol problems