Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a common type of talking therapy. You work with a counsellor in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions.
CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
CBT can be a very helpful tool ― either alone or in combination with other therapies ― in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an eating disorder. But not everyone who benefits from CBT has a mental health condition. CBT can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is used to treat a wide range of issues. It's often the preferred type of psychotherapy because it can quickly help you identify and cope with specific challenges. It generally requires fewer sessions than other types of therapy and is done in a structured way.
CBT may help you:
Mental health disorders that may improve with CBT include:
We will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix – it involves hard work during and between sessions, this may involve keeping track of what you are thinking, feeling and doing, or trying out new ways of thinking or acting. I will not make decisions for you but I may offer gentle challenges and help you to decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation.
I will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.