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WHAT IS CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a counselling approach that empowers individuals to bring about changes in their lives.

The theory behind this model is that our thoughts, feelings, what we do and how our body feels are all connected. If we change one of these we can alter the others.

When people feel worried or distressed we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better. CBT has lots of strategies that can help you in the here and now.

NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)

  • Depression

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Schizophrenia and psychosis

  • Bipolar disorder

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Chronic pain

  • Physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Anger management

CBT can be used if you are on medication which has been prescribed by your GP. You can also use CBT on its own. This will depend on the difficulty you want help with.

Quoted BABCP 'What is CBT' (2018)

Further information on CBT can be found on the BABCP Website