Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the fact that thinking plays a part in how emotional and behavioural problems develop. The way we think also may keep the problems going. CBT aims to help you change these unhelpful beliefs and give you new ways to make sense of life.
CBT is the psychological treatment of choice for many mental health problems. The NHS National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as the best treatment for anxiety and depression.
Many people thinking about coming for therapy may feel that their problem is not serious enough. Clients often say "its silly but, this is upsetting me, but it's not child abuse or violence, it's only....." Others know that they want to make changes but are not sure how to start.
If anything stops you feeling OK about how your life is, then the scale of the problem is not for debate. Any problem, big or small, deserves attention. In CBT the scale may be only how much time it takes for you to change your thinking, feelings and behaviour.
Some people come for therapy for a short time, for 6 to 12 sessions; other people come from 6 months to a year. For some, coming for over a year or longer suits them. Everyone is different and the time you need is a judgement you make collaboratively with your therapist.
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"CBT seems to focus more on the HOW and not on the WHY. The why is not so important, it's in the past. You cannot change the past, but you can change how you view the past and, more importantly, how you view the future."