What is CBT?

CBT is a form of therapy which focuses on developing strategies for tackling the thoughts and feelings which can affect how we feel. You and your therapist will work together and agree from the outset on the goals for your therapy. Sessions are structured, with an agenda being set at the start of the session, outlining what you and your therapist think should be covered.

In early sessions you and your therapist would work together to develop an understanding of your difficulties and what is keeping them going. Your therapist will also help you to work actively to address problem thoughts and behaviours; for example, challenging negative thoughts about yourself or experimenting with different ways of responding to anxiety. There are also regular between session tasks for you to practice, such as monitoring thoughts, reading, trying out new techniques and experimenting with new behaviours. During therapy your therapist will ask for and give feedback thereby allowing you to make the therapy as helpful as possible.

Towards the end of therapy there is often some work on preventing problems recurring and planning how you can make further progress after the sessions end.