WHAT IS CBT
Cognitive behavioural therapies, CBT are a range of talking therapies. They are based on the theory that our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical sensations are all connected. There are many different strategies within CBT that can help us notice and change problematic thinking styles and behaviour patterns in order to facilitate change and feel better. There is a good evidence base for CBT for a wide range of mental health issues. The research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, NICE. NICE provides independent evidence base guidelines for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat illness and improve health.
CBT uses a collaborative approach, the therapist works alongside the client to help them achieve their goals and aims for therapy. It includes mutually agreed homework tasks between sessions, these tasks may include behavioural experiments, practising techniques and trying things out in order to facilitate change. CBT provides a clear framework for therapy while being flexible and client centred.