Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an evidence based talking therapy, shown to be helpful in treating anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
‘Cognitive’ means our thoughts, the way we interpret and think about things. By ‘behaviour’ we mean the way we act and respond to situations. The aim of CBT is to help you understand overwhelming problems by examining the link between our thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and behaviour. When feeling stressed, anxious or low in mood, we think more negatively, and can react in unhelpful ways. CBT will help you learn tools and techniques to reduce negative thinking patterns and respond differently, helping you to take control of your symptoms and feel better.
How does CBT differ from counselling?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is different to counselling because the emphasis is on current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in our lives. CBT aims to treat common mental health problems such as; low mood, anxiety, stress, depression, sleep problems, phobias and many others.
Difficulties don’t need to be severe to be classed as a mental health problem and many people use CBT as a pre-emptive measure to stop problems becoming more serious.
CBT has been extensively researched through clinical studies to show it is an effective treatment for Depression and Anxiety disorders. It is a recommended by the National Institution of Clinical Excellence (NICE). NICE is the independent organisation responsible for providing national health care guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. This is why CBT has become the preferred form of psychotherapy available on the NHS for Depression and anxiety disorders.
If you find you’re feeling overwhelmed with day-to-day activities, becoming tearful or irritable then this service could be for you. It’s completely free and confidential so you have nothing to lose by giving it a go.
You can find out more about NICE and CBT here: https://www.nice.org.uk/
What if it doesn’t work?
During your initial assessment appointment, your wellbeing worker will help you understand your difficulties and describe how CBT may be able to help you. However, CBT is not always appropriate for everyone. If it is decided that a different form of treatment or support maybe better suited to you, your wellbeing worker will help you find the support you need.