Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is based on modifying unhelpful cognitions (thoughts), assumptions, beliefs and behaviours.  This can include how you think about yourself, the world and other people as well as how what your behaviour affects your thoughts and feelings.
 
CBT can help you to change how you think ("Cognitive") and what you do ("Behaviour)". These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the "here and now" problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.

CBT can help you to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. This makes it easier to see how they are connected and how they affect you. This process starts with focusing on a particular problematic situation and moves on to identify the thoughts, emotions, physical feelings, and actions that can follow from that situation.  Each of these areas can affect the others. How you think about a problem can affect how you feel physically and emotionally. It can also alter what you do about it.

The particular therapeutic techniques vary depending on the need of the client, but commonly include keeping a diary of significant events and associated feelings, thoughts and behaviours; questioning and testing cognitions, assumptions, evaluations and beliefs that might be unhelpful and unrealistic; gradually facing activities which may have been avoided; and trying out new ways of behaving and reacting. Relaxation and distraction techniques are also commonly included. CBT is widely accepted as an evidence and empirically based, cost-effective psychotherapy for many disorders and psychological problems.
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