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What is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive-behavioural Therapy, a type of talk therapy that focuses on the way your thoughts, feelings and behaviours all interact. The therapy is built around the idea that the way we think about a certain situation, affects the way we feel and behave. To put it simply, if you think negatively about a situation, you may react negatively in your behaviours and feel distressed.

Negative thought-behaviour patterns can create a vicious cycle, which is further reinforced by distressing emotions of anxiety, depression, guilt, shame or anger. A CBT therapist will help you identify and learn how to challenge your negative patterns of thinking and behaving, whilst helping you cope with difficult emotions.

So, what does CBT treat?

While CBT is widely recognised as a treatment for depression and anxiety, it is an adaptable therapy that can be used to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including:

  • Substance dependence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders & poor body image or body dysmorphia
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Anger/aggression
  • Stress
  • PTSD
  • Post-natal depression

What does a CBT session consist of?

Each session is personalised and adapted to suit the individual and their specific struggles at the time. However, CBT has a typical structure that may include: Read More