Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide spectrum of problems, especially anxiety and depression.
CBT analyses the interrelationship between our thoughts, emotions and actions, with the objective of rectifying distorted thinking and attaining a better quality of life.
Negative thoughts and feelings can trap us in a vicious cycle. CBT is designed to end these cycles by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts.
Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with current problems, rather than focusing on issues from the past. It looks for practical ways to improve our state of mind on a daily basis.
What can CBT help with?
- anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- schizophrenia and psychosis
- bipolar disorder
There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:
- chronic fatigue
- behavioural difficulties in children
- anxiety disorders in children
- chronic pain
- physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
- sleep difficulties
- anger management