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What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an effective type of therapy used to treat a range of common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. This type of therapy works to help you manage different situations or problems by changing the way you think and behave.

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How CBT works

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 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 new skills that you can apply to your everyday life. The overall aim of CBT is keep using the new skills you learn in order to prevent your problems from having a negative impact on your life, even after you have completed treatment.

Am I eligible for online CBT?

Our service is free for NHS patients in many areas of the UK.

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Why choose online CBT?

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Focused and impactful

Online CBT is a focused and relatively short-term therapy that deals with the here and now. If you work collaboratively with your therapist, it will not take long to start noticing an improvement.

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Proven to be effective

Research has shown that online CBT is as effective as, if not better than, traditional methods of therapy.

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Revisit your sessions

Your therapy sessions are stored safely and securely forever, which means you can remind yourself of the techniques you learnt even after your treatment has finished.

How Ieso works

Registering for therapy


We’ll ask you a few questions and allocate you a personal therapist best suited to your needs

Therapy session with Ieso

Begin therapy

Your therapist will work closely with you to break down your problems and help you to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviour patterns to improve the way you feel

Practicing CBT formulation

Keep practising

You’ll be asked to practice the skills you have learnt during your appointment in between sessions and in your next session you will discuss how you got on

Messaging therapist in between sessions

Stay in touch

With Ieso, you can keep in touch with your therapist in between sessions to share updates and ask questions

Reach your goals and feel the difference

See results

Throughout your treatment, your therapist will continue to ask questions about your mood and symptoms to help monitor change and target those areas that are most upsetting and persistent

Already registered for online CBT?

Find out what happens after you have registered and what to expect during your online CBT sessions.

What to expect

In an emergency
Call 111 - if you urgently need medical help or advice but it is not a life threatening situation
Call 999 - if you or anyone else is in immediate danger or harm
Call the Samaritans 24 hours a day on 116 123