Cognitive Behavioural  Therapy (CBT) is a talking treatment in which the therapist assists patients to understand how their thoughts and feelings that can influence behaviour. CBT is commonly used to assist in the treatment of a wide range of mind disorders, such as phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety.

CBT is most commonly used as a short-term support therapy normally focused on helping patients to deal with a very specific problem. During treatment, the therapist educates the patient how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behaviour.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Basics

The underlying concept behind CBT is that a person’s our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in their our behaviour.  For example, a person who spends a lot of time thinking about plane crashes, runway accidents and other air disasters may find themselves avoiding air travel. 

The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy is to teach patients that whilst e they cannot control every aspect of the world around them, they can take control of how they interpret and deal with things in their environment.

Cognitive behaviour therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years with both people struggling with mental health issues and mental health professionals.

Because CBT is usually a short-term treatment option, it is often more affordable than some other therapeutic options. CBT is also empirically supported and has been shown to effectively help patients overcome a wide variety of maladaptive behaviours.

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