Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

What is cognitive behaviour therapy?

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment approach for a range of mental and emotional health issues, including anxiety and depression. CBT aims to help you identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and to learn practical self-help strategies. These strategies are designed to bring about immediate positive changes in your quality of life.
CBT can be good for anyone who needs support to challenge unhelpful thoughts that are preventing them from reaching their goals or living the life they want to live.
CBT aims to show you how your thinking affects your mood. It teaches you to think in a less negative way about yourself and your life. It is based on the understanding that thinking negatively is a habit that, like any other habit, can be broken.

When CBT is useful

CBT is used to treat a range of psychological problems including:

  • anxiety 
  • anxiety disorders such as social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • irrational fears
  • hypochondria
  • substance misuse, such as smoking, drinking or other drug use
  • problem gambling 
  • eating disorders
  • insomnia
  • marriage or relationship problems
  • certain emotional or behavioural problems in children or teenagers.