Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, commonly referred to as “CBT” is currently the treatment recommended for most emotional and psychological problems.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you with the following problems Abuse, Addiction, Alcohol Problems, Anger, Anxiety, Behavioural Problems, Bereavement, Cancer, Carers, Children & Teenagers, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Migraine Treatment, Depression & Low Mood, Doctors & Healthcare Professionals, Eating Disorders, Families, Gambling, Infertility, Jealousy & Insecurity, Life Changes & General Dissatisfaction, Low Self Esteem, Miscarriage, OCD, Overseas Students, Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Parents, Phobias, Physical Pain, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Rape Victims, Relationship Problems, Self-Harm, Sleep Therapy, Stress. CBT can be helpful for adults and children, couples and families.

For a more detailed list visit our Problems page.

How Does CBT Work?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at how our thoughts influence the way that we feel and what we do.  It then helps us to identify thoughts that are inaccurate and/or unhelpful and causing us distress or resulting in problematic behaviours and replace them with thoughts that lead to an improvement in mood and the development of behaviours that get us to where we want to be.

There are usually two phases to CBT, the first phase of therapy will help you to stabilise your symptoms so that you start to feel better on a day to day basis, the second will help you to identify what has made you vulnerable to developing the symptoms in the first place and work out ways of protecting yourself against these in the future so that your symptoms don’t return.  Throughout CBT therapy you will be taught a range of both practical and psychological strategies to practice and implement in between sessions.

An average minimum number of sessions for the first phase of CBT is 15-20, the second phase of therapy is dictated by you and your experiences.  However, the most significant influence on progress is how much time you can dedicate to practising CBT strategies and making changes outside of the session.

A Recent Testimonial

“I have struggled with anxiety for years and tried many different things. I had CBT Counselling sessions in Fulham over the course of about a year and I now feel much, much better. I would definitely recommend them to anyone with a problem”.
Katie - Fulham

What the Research into CBT Says

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has the largest and most robust evidence base of any existing therapy and studies have revealed it can be as effective as medication for treating mental health problems.  It is because of this that The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as the therapy of choice for Anxiety, Anger Control, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Panic Attacks, Psychosis and Phobias.

More Reading on this Subject

For more information, see Our Guide to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Also, see the Royal College of Psychiatrists information on CBT.

Recommended Books:

Beating Your Eating Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioral Self-Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers, Dr Gray

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: A self- help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

Overcoming Anxiety

Overcoming Anger and Irritability

Overcoming Depression

Overcoming Your Child’s Fears and Worries

Overcoming Your Child’s Shyness and Social Anxiety

Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Overcoming Sexual Problems

Overcoming Chronic Fatigue

Overcoming Problem Drinking

Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia

Overcoming Traumatic Stress

Overcoming Chronic Pain

Overcoming Relationship Problems

Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems

Overcoming Grief


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