Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy. It is based on the theory that psychological symptoms develop and are maintained because of the interaction between our thoughts, emotions and behavioural reactions.
CBT helps us to identify unhelpful thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and patterns. Once these are discovered, we can work together to see if it is possible to change those unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. New strategies and tools can be learned and used, to reduce symptoms and achieve sustained reductions in psychological distress.
CBT is collaborative. It is a partnership between therapist and client, working together shoulder to shoulder, to discover links, cycles, and new information about the things that keep a problem going. Its about working as a team to try out different methods of breaking unhelpful or negative cycles, in order to get closer to the goals you have set out in therapy, the goals in life that matter to you.
CBT can be used if you are on medication which has been prescribed by your GP. You can also use CBT on its own. This will depend on the difficulty you want help with. The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with. Often this will be between five and 20 weekly sessions, but everyone is different!