CBT looks at the way you think and behave, and how that impacts on how you feel, and aims to help you live a healthier, happier life.
A branch of psychotherapy, CBT brings together two traditional disciplines: Cognitive Therapy, which aims to change people’s thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and expectations; and Behavioural Therapy, which focuses on an individual’s actions. It was developed through the second half of the 20th century.
CBT has been extensively researched and has a growing reputation as a highly effective treatment for a range of issues, including anxiety and depression.
CBT aims to tackle an individual’s negative thoughts, reframing them by considering an alternative behavioural approach to situations that generate those thoughts. Therapy sessions explore the links between specific thoughts in a situation, and the actions they create or reinforce; and how changing one will affect the other.
CBT is a proven method for achieving permanent change – as long as you follow the programme to the end. Unfortunately, while there can be a high drop-out rate where it is used alone, it is extremely effective, set as homework between sessions, to keep you on track.
Fortunately, while there can be a high drop-out rate where it is used alone, it is extremely effective, set as homework between sessions, to keep you on track.