Cognitive Behavioural Therapy services in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Salisbury
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychotherapy which seeks to make changes to behaviour by changing thoughts and beliefs. It is based on the idea that it is our thoughts and beliefs which cause our feelings and behaviours, rather than external events or influences. Cognitive behavioural therapy is generally a relatively brief form of therapy and is concerned with making changes in current functioning to improve quality of life rather than only focussing on and analysing past events, although an understanding of the influence of past events is an important part of overcoming the thought patterns they create.
CBT is a collaborative form of therapy, meaning that the therapist and client work together to develop strategies and work towards mutually agreed goals. This may involve the client undertaking activities between sessions and it is essential that the client is able to establish a productive, trusting relationship with the therapist. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) – the body which provides national health guidance to GPs – recommends the use of CBT in the treatment of depression, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD and PTSD.