Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. As client and therapist we work together in changing the unwanted behaviours, or thinking patterns, or both of these.
There is a lot of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders.
NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:
anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
obsessive compulsive disorder
schizophrenia and psychosis
behavioural difficulties in children
anxiety disorders in children
physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
We all live increasingly stressful lives and we all respond to these stresses differently. Working sensitively and with respect I work together with my clients helping them to achieve the changes they wish to make in their lives.