Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach which focuses on our thoughts and behaviours, and how they can influence the way we feel.
CBT is aimed at helping individuals to overcome psychological problems. It is a “talk and do” type of therapy, which means time will be spent discussing problems and understanding them, as well as putting strategies in place to help you deal with the problem.
Your therapist will guide you in understanding this process further by helping you to make links between your thoughts and behaviours and your physical and emotional responses. Your therapist will also share with you evidence-based techniques to overcome and enhance your ability to deal with your problems.
The basic principles of CBT include:
CBT is very much a partnership between yourself and your therapist. Your effort and motivation for therapy are good predictors of positive outcomes.
As part of treatment, you will be expected to carry out out-of-session tasks and provide your therapist with feedback.