Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a time-limited therapy (usually 6 sessions) most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems. It is another therapy for depression recommended by the Department of Health.

CBT cannot eradicate your problems, but it can help you deal with them in a more positive way. It is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.