Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short-term psychological therapy. CBT helps clients examine how they think about certain things or situations and their behaviour in response to those thoughts. By using a structured set of techniques, the therapist will aim to identify thinking that causes problematic feelings and behaviour. The client learns to change this thinking which in turn leads to more appropriate and positive ways of dealing with problems. CBT focuses on what is happening day by day for the client. The client is expected to take a very active role in identifying problems and will be set “homework” by the counsellor; often this means keeping a daily diary of their thoughts and feelings when they are in a difficult situation. The client will be given “tools” to help them in these situations and by using these tools the client will begin to be able to change their negative thoughts and feelings and develop more appropriate ways of coping.

CBT is a short-term therapy of between 6 – 8 sessions. However, it can be longer or shorter depending on the nature and severity of the condition.

Can help with: eating disorders; panic attacks; phobias; obsessive compulsive disorder; depression and anxiety; post- traumatic stress disorder; anger; drug or alcohol abuse.