Mental health charity Mind describes CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) as: “Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of talking treatment which focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do).”
The Royal College of Psychiatrists explains CBT as a way of talking about how we think about ourselves, the world, and other people and how what we do affects our thoughts and feelings:
“CBT can help you to change how you think (‘Cognitive’) and what you do (‘Behaviour’). These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.”
Who can benefit from it?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be beneficial for anyone, but especially when addressing anxiety, stress, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia, and post-traumatic stress. CBT sessions can provide patients with effective strategies to help manage symptoms in the short and long-term.
How does CBT work?
It can help to break down problems into smaller parts – making them more manageable and less overwhelming. Weekly or fortnightly sessions with a CBT practitioner can be conducted in a small group or a one-to-one setting, depending on the individual. CBT courses can last from 6 weeks to 6 months. Even a short course can be beneficial when facing difficult times.
Remember, 2020 has been an unusual year and you’re not alone. We offer a friendly, confidential CBT programme at VQ Together through our wellbeing offering. Our lead CBT practitioner (Andrew Copley) and our team can help to support you through your challenges. Contact us for more information and a free 15-minute consultation.