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  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) information

    5 June at 08:33 from atlas

    Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a treatment based on the idea that how you think and act affects how you feel. It can help in many different situations.

    How does cognitive behaviour therapy work?

    If you are thinking negatively about yourself or a situation, and that is causing you problems, CBT might be able to help.

    In CBT, you work with a therapist to recognise the patterns of thinking that cause you problems.

    First you will work with your therapist to understand what are the most troubling problems for you

    Then you work out what your thoughts, emotions and beliefs are about these situations.

    You will identify which of these thoughts, emotions and beliefs are negative or inaccurate.

    Working with your therapist, you find ways to challenge them.

    Then you can find ways to think and act that are less harmful to you.

    CBT has been around for many years. It's the basis of other therapies such as acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT).

    What is CBT used for?

    Research shows CBT has helped children, teenagers and adults with emotional, psychological and psychiatric issues such as anxiety and depression.

    CBT has been shown to help people with:

    What can I expect from CBT?

    CBT helps you to understand your thinking and behaviour.

    You'll learn skills that will help with your current problems and that you can apply to future problems.

    It relies on a close professional relationship with your therapist. They will help you to recognise the difference between helpful and unhelpful thoughts, and teach you how to let go of the unhelpful thoughts.

    Your CBT treatment program could be anywhere between 5 and 20 sessions, depending on your problem and the program you and your therapist agree on. It's likely to include some 'homework'. You'll work with your therapist to set some tasks to practise what you talk about. CBT can be used at the same time as relaxation techniques, breathing techniques, medication or supportive counselling.