What is CBT?

CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a talking therapy proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions by looking at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel.  The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT in the treatment of a range of disorders including:

 

Depression

Anxiety

Social anxiety 

Panic disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Bulimia Nervosa

Sleep disorders

Anger problems

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

How many sessions will I need?

The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulties you are experiencing.  Often this will be between 5 and 15 weekly sessions.  It involves hard work during and between sessions. Specific goals will be agreed and there will be homework tasks (which are a compulsory element of therapy) to complete between sessions.