Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a type of therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act. CBT can help you take charge of your issues such as marital problems, work stress and money worries. Research suggests that this type of stress accounts for around a third of the risk of people suffering a heart attack.


When is it used?

CBT encourages you to talk about:
      - how you think about yourself, the world and other people
      - how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.

By talking about these things, CBT can help you to change how you think ('cognitive') and what you do ('behaviour'), which can help you feel better about yourself and life. Unlike other talking treatments, such as psychotherapy, CBT focuses on the problems and difficulties you have now, rather than issues from your past.

Who can use it?

CBT looks for practical ways you can improve your state of mind on a daily basis and is thought to be one of the most effective treatments for anxiety and depression. It is also particularly helpful in addressing problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and drug misuse.