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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that uses a very practical problem solving approach in helping you to deal with the difficulties you are experiencing; it focuses on what’s happening for you ‘now’ rather than getting caught up in the difficulties of the past.

With your CBT therapist, you get chance to reflect on how you think about the things going on in your life; your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes (your cognitive processes); and how this effects how you behave and deal with emotional problems.

CBT helps you to look at new ways of doing things, so that you can change the patterns of thinking and behaving which are causing you difficulty; and in doing this it can make a real improvement to the way you feel.

I’m doing a lot better than I was before. I am starting to enjoy life and find a career path. CBT helps me achieve the goals that I have set for myself. The sessions help me manage my anxiety by challenging my negative automatic thoughts.

CBT can be particularly useful for people with mental health problems, as they might be having thoughts that are extreme and unhelpful; and these thoughts can then cause them to behave in a way that often makes them feel worse.

Alongside medication, CBT is proving effective for people experiencing psychosis, in helping them to manage and alleviate symptoms. It will provide you with techniques so that you can work out your own ways to tackle the difficulties you are having; and these techniques will stay with you long after your therapy sessions are over.

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Being in a room talking to the therapist gave me the opportunity to step back from everyday life and assess what my main problems were.  It gave me a completely different perspective and helped me to find ways of dealing with my problems.  Just having someone to talk to who understood also helped me considerably. The therapy is tailored to your specific circumstance.

For more information on CBT, you could visit the Royal College of Psychiatrists website.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists provides professional advice, education and training within the field of psychiatry.

Their website also offers lots of useful information about different mental health conditions and the various treatments and therapeutic approaches available.

Royal College of Psychiatrists link

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