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 thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in their 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 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 for people struggling with mental health issues as well as 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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Dr Karen Surridge NNEB; BSc(Hons); PGCert; ClinPsyD; MBPsS, CPsychol
Chartered Clinical Psychologist / Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Dr Louise Barber, BSc (hons), PhD, DClinPsy
Consultant Clinical Psychologist