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What is CBT?
CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both.
What can CBT help with?
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:
· Anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
· Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
· Schizophrenia and Psychosis
· Bipolar Disorder
There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:
· Chronic Fatigue
· Behavioural difficulties in children
· Anxiety disorders in children
· Chronic Pain
· Physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
· Sleep difficulties
· Anger Management
Depending on your condition, CBT can be used on its own or in conjunction with medication which has been prescribed by your GP.
How CBT is delivered
The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with. CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, instead of looking at and getting help with difficulties in your past.
What to expect during your CBT sessions
During your sessions, your counsellor will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. Your counsellor will not tell you what to do. Instead, they will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. They will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.
If you are interested in knowing more about CBT. this is what the Royal College of Psychiatrists say.
and here is a short video produced by MIND.