Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a therapy that focuses on what people are thinking and how their thoughts affect their emotions and actions in response to situations or perceived adversities. CBT employs a variety of techniques and can be used to help a wide range of problems and disorders including: depression, stress and anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

It is also used in the management of alcohol and substance addictions, as well as in more severe mental disorders.

CBT therapists focus on all aspects of a person’s experience by exploring their thoughts, emotions and physical sensations with the aim to understand the way they relate to one another and also how they trigger upset feelings.

CBT is suitable for individuals presenting particular mental symptoms who are willing to work towards improving these symptoms. The therapist employs a variety of cognitive and behavioural techniques with the aim of helping the client to meet his/her therapeutical goals.

 

How effective is CBT?

  • It is one of the most effective and standard treatment for conditions where anxiety and/or depression are the main problem.
  • It is considered the most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression.
  • It is as effective as antidepressants for many types of depression.

 

How CBT is delivered

CBT can be offered individually or as a part of a group with a therapist. The number of psychological sessions that you will need it will depend on the nature of your medical difficulties. Often the number of sessions could be between five and 20 weekly sessions of 50 minutes duration approximately.

Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.

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