Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective type of therapy used to treat a range of common mental health problems. This type of therapy works to help you manage different situations or problems by changing the way you think and behave.
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts and beliefs (cognitions) affect your behaviour and feelings (behaviours), and that unhelpful thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT helps you to deal with overwhelming problems more positively and realistically by breaking them down into smaller, more digestible chunks. Your therapist will work closely with you to help you change these unhelpful patterns to improve the way you feel and help you to cope with difficult situations.
Rather than focusing on issues from your past, CBT deals with your current problems and teaches you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your everyday life. The overall aim of this type of therapy is to keep using these new skills to stop your problems from having a negative impact on your life, even after you have completed treatment.