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What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of talking therapy, which can help you manage your problems by looking at the connection between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The aim is to change negative patterns in how you think, feel and behave. If we can change one of these areas, we can also alter the others.


This type of therapy has been shown to be an effective way to treat a variety of common mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias.


During sessions, you work with your therapist to identify and challenge negative thinking patterns and behaviours that might be causing you distress and identify ways to make positive changes. You will be asked to practise what you learn between sessions. CBT helps to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts.



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