Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that helps you understand the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This allows you to manage your problems by helping you change the way you think and behave.
CBT doesn't remove your problems, but helps you manage them in a more effective way. It encourages you to examine how your actions and thoughts can affect how you feel.
It's based on the idea that the way you think about a situation affects how you feel and act. In turn, your actions influence the way you think and feel. It's therefore necessary to change both thinking (cognition) and action (behaviour) at the same time.
CBT is an active therapy, and you'll be expected to work on your problems between sessions, trying out different ways of thinking and acting, as agreed with your therapist. The aim is for you to develop the skills to become your own therapist.
We can deliver sessions over the telephone or face to face, either in your GP practice (subject to availability) or one of our own venues.
Sessions last up to 1 hour and are generally weekly or fortnightly.
CBT can be as effective as medication in treating some mental health disorders and may be helpful in cases where medication alone has not worked.
It can be completed in a relatively short period of time compared to other talking therapies.
Skills you learn in CBT are useful, practical and helpful strategies that can be incorporated into everyday life to help you cope better with future stresses and difficulties even after treatment has finished.