CBT is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children.
CBT looks at how we think and feel about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn how our actions affect how we think and feel.
CBT is mainly concerned with how we think and act now, instead of looking at and getting help with difficulties in our past. Therapist and client work together to identify and change thinking patterns and behaviours.
CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. CBT Therapists do not tell clients what to do but will help them to decide what difficulties they want to work on in order to improve their situation.
There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill-health.
CBT is recommended for the treatment of anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder). CBT can also help with obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis, and bi-polar disorder.
There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions including:
The number of CBT sessions required depends on the presenting difficulty and goals. Often this will be between 6-20 sessions (50 minute duration).