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Learn about this effective technique

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a short-term therapy technique that can help people find new ways to behave and feel by changing their thought patterns.


CBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on how a person's thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviors.

CBT is based on a number of beliefs, including the following:

  • Unhelpful ways that people think can lead to psychological problems.

  • If people learn unhelpful behavior, this, too, can lead to psychological issues.

  • People can learn more beneficial ways of thinking and behaving.

  • New habits can relieve symptoms of mental and physical conditions and allow people to act in better ways.


Engaging with CBT can help people reduce stress, cope with complicated relationships and face many other common life challenges.

CBT works on the basis that the way we think and interpret life's events affects how we behave and, ultimately, how we feel. Studies have shown that it is useful in many situations.

More specifically, CBT is a problem-specific, goal-oriented approach that needs the individual's active involvement to succeed. It focuses on their present-day challenges, thoughts, and behaviors.

It can take the form of either individual or group sessions.


CBT is a collaborative therapy, requiring the individual and counsellor to work together.

When is therapy for you?

If you're concerned about a particular behaviour or having been having ongoing feelings that are detrimental to you.


Maybe you have tried to make yourself feel better but no real change has occurred.


If you're finding it increasingly difficult to deal with your issue and day to day tasks are becoming an issue.


Your Gp has prescribed medication and has suggested talking therapy.


You want to talk to someone but don’t want to burden friends and family.


You want stop feeling the way you're are feeling but don’t know how to go about it.     

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