What is CBT?

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a form of talking therapy that helps you understand that the way you feel is linked to the way you think and behave ( see video  below). It will help you set goals and make changes to overcome your problems. When going through emotional distress, people can often start to think differently about themselves, others and the future. Although people do their best to cope when feeling depressed, low or anxious, they can inadvertently slip into unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving that hinder their recovery .

CBT is a way of changing:‚Äč

  • how you think about yourself, your future & life events
  • how you respond or behave to distressing situations

CBT can help you to improve how you think ('Cognitive') and what you do ('Behaviour').These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some other talking therapies, it focuses on changing the 'here and now' problems and difficulties, and does not focus on your past.

It is often suited to those who respond to a more structured and goal focused way of working towards overcoming their problems. It helps people learn very practical techniques and strategies to change how they think and react to life problems, so that they can become their own therapist.

It is has the most scientific evidence of any psychotherapy and is widely used in the NHS to treat a range of emotional problems including depression, low self-esteem, worry, anxiety, panic disorder, health anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, PTSD and eating disorders.

Making sense of CBT video- 4 mins