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18th January 2020 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an established and evidence based therapy that is widely used in the NHS and private practice. There are now many studies in psychology that show the effectiveness of CBT in treating depression and anxiety. CBT is not just a talking therapy but involves the client in carrying out tasks between sessions and putting into practice gains made in therapy.

CBT focuses on three main areas of a person's life: thinking (cognitions), behaviour and physical symptoms. Using CBT, these areas can each be addressed with an associated improvement in a client's quality of life. Although CBT is a therapy that generally focuses on the here and now, it is a therapy that allows someone to understand the origins of their difficulties and, importantly, how to overcome them. This is often realised through the counselling approach that is key to therapy. Throughout therapy people are supported and helped to discover that they are not powerless in the face of depression and anxiety, but that they can do something about their problems. Finding new ways to look at themselves and their lives which benefits them. Reducing their anxiety and significantly reducing their depression.

What can CBT be used for?

CBT can be used to treat depression and the anxiety disorders, such as panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder and phobias.

The Benefits of CBT.

The benefits of CBT are not only that someone will feel better about themselves, but that at the end of therapy they will have a set of skills they can use to cope better with their life and any future difficulties they may have. By understanding their difficulties better, and knowing what they can do about them, they are able to have an improved quality of life. This allows someone to deal more effectively with life's problems as they arise, which leads to long term gains for someone long after therapy has ended.