Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (or ‘CBT’) includes a range of talking therapies based on the theory that thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and actions are all interconnected. If we change one of these we can alter the others.

When people feel worried or distressed we often fall into unhelpful patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice thinking styles or behaviour patterns that may be leading us away from our goals, and implement more helpful alternatives so that we can feel better. CBT invites you to work together with your therapist to change your unhelpful thinking and behaviour cycles, with the aim of breaking the cycles that keep your problem ongoing. CBT primarily focuses on the present, but it may be relevant to look at your past to reflect on how your life experiences may be impacting on how you relate to the world today. 

CBT has lots of strategies that can help you in the here and now, and the skills learned can be useful in the future. 

“CBT has a good evidence base for a wide range of mental health problems in adults, older adults, children and young people. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), who provide independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health”

(British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies)