Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment that is used to treat a range of problems such as; depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, low self esteem, anger and a range of other difficulties. CBT is a therapeutic approach identifying thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours which are all interconnected. CBT focuses on the here-and-now in order to make positive changes to ongoing difficulties, rather than focusing on issues from the past.
You will usually have a session with a therapist once a week or once every 2 weeks.
The course of treatment usually lasts for between 4 and 20 sessions, with each session lasting 50-60 minutes.
During the sessions, you'll work with your therapist to break down your problems identifying thoughts, physical symptoms, feelings and behaviours. Your therapist will then be able to help you work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
After working out what you can change, your therapist will ask you to practice these changes in your daily life and you'll discuss how you got on during the next session.
The eventual aim of therapy is to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life.
This should help you manage your problems and stop them having a negative impact on your life, even after your course of treatment finishes.