Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a treatment approach that typically helps people to identify and explore patterns of thinking and behaviour which may be contributing to ongoing distress and painful emotions. In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy common thoughts and behaviours are systematically examined for the presence of unrealised or unnoticed inaccuracy, bias or distortion - and a process of developing more helpful and more accurate thoughts are behaviours is then undertaken.

CBT is not about wishful thinking or denying reality – just the opposite - it is about discerning actual evidence and fact, from inaccurate interpretations or conclusions, and then correcting the distortions or faulty thinking. CBT supports people to accept reality as it actually is, and where necessary and possible, engage in appropriate problem solving strategies.

CBT is an evidence-based therapy which means a significant amount of research has found it to be effective for the treatment for a wide range of disorders including Depression and Anxiety.