About CBT

 

CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and is a talking therapy that has been proven to help treat a wide range of problem areas including anxiety disorders, such as panic attacks, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other disorders. CBT is based on an understanding that how we think about a situation affects how we act and how we feel. CBT helps you to make connections between your thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and behaviours. CBT is primarily focused on the here and now and how to move forward, it is less concerned about past events (unless we believe these to be maintaining current difficulties).

During CBT we work together to understand what is keeping the difficulties going and how to change that, the aim is that you will become your own therapist and will continue to use the skills learnt once our sessions have finished.

What can CBT help with?

CBT has a significant evidence base and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Click on the link NICE Guidelines to find out more and search for a particular area e.g. depression. NICE recommend CBT as the treatment of choice for the following areas:

  • Depression

  • Panic Attacks

  • Social Anxiety

  • Agoraphobia

  • Generalised Anxiety (excessive worry)

  • Perfectionism

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Specific Phobias (e.g. flying)

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Health Anxiety

  • Low Self Esteem

  • Sleep Difficulties

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Chronic Pain