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About CBT

What is Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychological treatment which is effective for a wide range of common emotional and physical problems including depression, anxiety, stress and chronic pain.

CBT is based on the idea the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave, and that negative or unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours can trap us in a vicious cycle.  For example, if someone feels depressed or low, they may give up, withdraw or reduce activity when faced by a new challenge at work or by a new diagnosis of a health condition.  This behaviour simply worsens mood and further reduces confidence and self-esteem over time.

Through the process of CBT, people can learn how to identify and change any negative thinking and behaviour patterns and develop coping skills for dealing with challenging situations.  As a result, people feel less stressed, low, anxious and irritable, develop improved wellbeing and happiness, enhance their emotional resilience (the ability to ‘bounce back’ from difficulties) and identify new ways to overcome problems at work and at home.

Breaking vicious cycles with CBT

The vicious cycle of depression - view diagram

cycles of depression

By using CBT to change any unhelpful thinking styles or behaviour, people are able to improve emotional symptoms such as low mood, and are enabled to find ways to live fulfilling lives according to their own values and needs.

Contact us for more information about using 10 Minute CBT to improve patient care.