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What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the gold standard treatment within psychological therapies for depression and anxiety related disorders, recommended by the national guidelines ( This is because of the wealth of scientific research evidence that has supported this approach to be effective. 

What is CBT?

CBT is a psychological therapy based on the concept that what we do (our behaviours) and think (our cognitions), affect how we feel. It looks at how we get caught in the vicious cycles of unhelpful thinking traps and maladaptive behaviour patterns. CBT helps break these cycles, to feel better in our mood and overcome anxieties.

CBT looks at what changes can be made in the here-and-now to improve your mental health in the present. It also considers past experiences, and how these may be influencing present thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

What do I need to do?

CBT is collaborative and proactive teamwork between us, like a 50/50 team working towards what you would like to be different in your life. Part of CBT is about stepping out of your comfort zone, so you have to be motivated to make changes. Commitment to engage in what is recommended, is important to see progress and positive change. As part of your commitment, you will be required to complete between-session therapy tasks. These could include; completing thought records and carrying out real world experiments.​​ 

CBT is like working on the muscle of the mind, and changing the wiring of your brain. Lasting change with anything doesn’t happen overnight, it can take a while to learn new ways of being, therefore patience and perseverance are key. 

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