Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
The beginnings of CBT date back to the 1950s and 1960s and now a large body of evidence exists which shows the effectiveness of CBT for many psychological problems and managing life stressors. CBT addresses unhelpful thinking patterns (the 'cognitive') and unhelpful patterns of responding (the 'behaviour') which tend to maintain symptoms such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, stress, relationship problems, and a large range of other psychological difficulties. Your therapist will work with you to identify your thinking patterns, change unhelpful thoughts and images, reduce the role of avoidance which is a key factor in maintaining symptoms and problems, and to gradually introduce new and more helpful responses in a structured and gradual manner. You will be encouraged to practice these new skills in between sessions.