Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, commonly referred to as CBT, is a talking therapy which helps you to develop coping strategies to deal with a variety of problems you may be facing. Although CBT does not work to remove your problems directly, it can assist in developing ways to manage them in a positive way. CBT focuses on how we feel and think about a situation and looks to challenge negative thought patterns which are associated with it and may be presenting problems. This can help change the process and break any negative cycles which have developed.
CBT can be used to treat issues such as anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, there is additional evidence to suggest it can assist in treating many more conditions in addition to those stated above. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), who provide national guidance and advice to improve health and social care, recommends CBT for depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. You can find out more about nice at www.nice.org.uk.
CBT is usually offered on a one to one basis with a qualified psychotherapist, or in some cases can be delivered to groups. Sessions generally last between 30 -50 minutes and can be carried out in person or remotely. When offered in person, this can be done in a clinical setting such as a hospital or therapists practice, or even in your own home.
If you believe you may benefit from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or if you have any questions surrounding it, please call Curian Minds on 0121 732 9860.