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Cognitive behavioural therapy

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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

  • CBT is an evidence-based, problem focussed approach which can enable you to change the way you think, feel and behave.
  • It aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety and stress. View types of difficulties here.
  • Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions in your treatment plan with your Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be delivered over the telephone or in person at your GP surgery or other local venues close to you with sessions lasting up to 50 minutes.

How do I access it? 

  • You will first need an assessment  with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are. During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is best suited to your needs. You will then be given an appointment for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as soon as one becomes available.

Who supports me?

  • A Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist will deliver the therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes via the telephone or in person.

What are the benefits?

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps you examine the here and now; you will get support to understand your current difficulties and how they are affecting you. It will enable you to recognise events in your past that may have shaped the way that you currently think and behave.
  • You will have a chance to learn techniques to change unhelpful thinking and unhelpful behaviours that are maintaining your current difficulties through a practical, problem focused structure.
  • This will help you to make positive and practical changes in your life that will allow you to better manage your issues now and in the future.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is evidenced base and is a recommended intervention by the NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).
  • Research studies have shown that a course of CBT is just as likely to be effective as medication in treating depression and certain anxiety disorders. Thereis also good research evidence to show that CBT can help to improve symptoms of some physical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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