What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of counselling/psychotherapy that aims to retrain a person’s way of thinking to help them deal with problematic stressful situations. The National Institue for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for all of the following conditions

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-tramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders

CBT is based around the rationale that the way we think about a situation affects the way that we act. The way that we act then affects the way we think and feel. The key therefore is to change both thinking (cognition) and behaviour at the same time