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What is CBT?

CBT Can Be Helpful For...

CBT has been shown to be helpful for many problems including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Agoraphobia and other phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

As the benefits of CBT have become more widely researched and clearly proven, its use has become increasingly popular. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Department of Health, 2004) now recommend it as the psychological treatment of choice for depression and anxiety disorders.

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy that looks at:

  • How you think about yourself, the world and other people
  • How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can help you change how you think (Cognitive) and what you do (Behaviour).

These changes can help you to feel better.

Therefore, put simply, CBT works with thoughts, feelings and behaviour as a way of understanding and positively influencing factors that may be triggering problems and then keeping them going.

Other relevant factors include:

  • The Environment - what is going on around you
  • Your Biology – what is happening in your body when faced with problem situations.

The significance of the relationship between these factors can be demonstrated through a simple diagram:

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As you can see, the factors above can combine to create a vicious circle that perpetuates a problem. This may be even more clearly illustrated through an actual example so:

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This example highlights how the way we feel about events is directly affected by how we think and respond to what is happening around us. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy teaches both the awareness of this process and also the skills needed to positively change it.

 

the therapists

Amanda Farr

Amanda Farr

Postgraduate Diploma (Cognitive Therapy), Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, State Registered Occupational Therapist... Read More

What Is CBT?

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy that looks at how you think about yourself, the world and other people, and... Read more

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All discussions that take place in your therapy sessions are treated as confidential...

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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common anxiety disorder that affects up to approximately 2%...
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