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CBT-COUNSELLING-THERAPYCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)


CBT is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It cannot remove your problems, but can help you manage them in a more positive way by encouraging you to examine how your actions can affect how you think and feel.

Talking and changing your behaviour can change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). This can make you feel better about life.


CBT works by helping you make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, often trapping you in a negative spiral. CBT helps you stop these negative cycles. It aims to break down factors that are making you feel bad, anxious or scared so that they are more manageable. It can show you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

Together with the therapist you will explore what your problems are and develop a plan for tackling them. You will learn a set of principles that you can put into place whenever you need to. You may find them useful long after you have left therapy.

CBT may focus on what is going on in the present rather than the past. However, the therapy may also look at your past and how your past experiences impact on how you interpret the world now.

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