Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a therapy that focusses on identifying and changing unhelpful styles of thinking or distorted belief systems. By changing cognitive patterns, it can lead to reductions in unpleasant emotions and facilitate the development of more helpful coping behaviours. CBT is a relatively short to medium term therapy and has been adapted to help treat many different mental health issues.

  • Cognitive- any process relating to mental processing, such as thinking, concentrating, remembering, problem-solving, decision-making, imagining, perceiving or planning
  • Coping behaviours- the actions we take to deal with difficult or stressprovoking situations