Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term talking therapy. It works by helping you to change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving.

At the start of therapy you will spend time identifying specific goals you would like to achieve.

We will help you to understand your difficulties and give you practice skills that can help. Your therapist will also ask you to practise these changes in your daily life and you will discuss how you got on during the next session. This is a very important part of CBT, often called ‘homework’ or 'action plan'.

During the sessions, you will work with your therapist to break down your problems into their separate parts – such as your thoughts, physical feelings and actions. Your therapist will then be able to help you work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.

The eventual aim is to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life. This should help manage your problems and stop them having a negative impact on your life.