Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
CBT is a form of therapy that looks deep into the links between
thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
The ‘cognitive’ refers to our thoughts and focuses on what we think
in certain situations and experiences. CBT looks at our
pattern of thinking and the way our thoughts affect our
behaviour and mood.
The ‘behavioural’ part of CBT refers to our behaviours
and what we do in certain situations. CBT looks at the role
our behaviour plays in affecting our mood or maintaining
The ‘therapy’ part of CBT refers to the changes we make
with the use of different techniques and strategies. The
important word here being ‘change’. Tying new ways of
doing or thinking and monitoring any impact of these
changes. Looking at the situation from a variety of
diffrerent perspectives can be difficult.
CBT has been shown to be effective in treating many
different types of disorders however it has proven most effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias. It has also shown to be effective for those experiencing worry, depression and low mood.
The way we think is like wearing a pair glasses that have the power to make us see the world in a particular way. Our reality and the way we perceive things determines how we feel, think and behave.