What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which is based on the idea that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviour are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a cycle.
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming difficulties in a more positive way by breaking them down into gradual steps. Sessions will offer new ways to tackle these difficulties. 
There is lots of evidence base showing the effectiveness of CBT. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions

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

  • Depression

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Schizophrenia and psychosis

  • Bipolar disorder


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

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Behavioural difficulties in children

  • Anxiety disorders in children

  • Chronic pain

  • Physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Anger management

  • Social Anxiety

  • Phobias 

  • Separation Difficulties