Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a talking therapy which works to alter how we feel, think or behave using the principal that our feelings, thoughts and behaviours are connected and influence each other. Therapy usually focuses on altering our current thoughts and/or behaviours in order to change how we feel. The ways in which we think and feel are influenced by the situations we are in, and our past experiences. This helps us to adapt and learn from our experiences, however sometimes the ways we think or behave can be unhelpful and cause us to get 'stuck' in often escalating cycles of thoughts, emotions, physical symptoms and behaviours. This can lead to difficulties such as low mood, social isolation or anxiety.
CBT is currently the psychological therapy with greatest amount of research evidence to support its effectiveness for a wide variety of difficulties. Generally a course of treatment will last for between 6 and 20 sessions. The number of sessions required varies between individuals and the type of difficulty and this can be discussed with your therapist at assessment.