What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a therapeutical approach based on the idea that the way we feel and what we do is strongly influenced by what we think, and in turn what we do influences what we feel and think. People respond differently to similar events, indicating that it is not the event itself that simply determines a person’s reaction to it but, rather, the meaning that is attached to the event.

The aim of CBT is to help you become aware of how the way you think and behave in a given situation might be contributing to your problems, and to help you change unhelpful thought and behavioural patterns, and develop more helpful ones or new coping skills.

CBT has been shown to be the most effective type of therapy for most anxiety and mood-related problems, often as effective or more than medication.

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For more information on CBT go to our Resources section or visit the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies.