What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Psychotherapy is a talking therapy. The talking therapy I mainly use is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, sometimes called CBT for short.

CBT is based on the idea that it is not necessarily what happens to us that determines how we feel, but how we think about what has happened to us, that is important in determining how we experience something.

It is also based on the fact that we tend get into habits about how we think and behave in certain situations. Sometimes these habits lead us into having repeatedly negative feelings and experiences in certain situations.

CBT therapy usually lasts on average between 6-12 sessions, although this is always worked out together, depending on what the client wants to achieve from meeting together.

CBT is a well researched and evidence based treatment for anxiety and depression, along with other disorders, and is recognised in guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (www.nice.org.uk). NICE is an independent body developing national guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions in the NHS in England and Wales.