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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. CBT has been widely researched and as a result become one of the leading talking therapies of the modern world. CBT deals with the hear and now and is affective in anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, chronic pain, schizophrenia, psychosis, negative thoughts, addiction, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and also works well with children from 8years to teen. CBT believes it's our thoughts that govern our actions. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we behave, think and feel. Therapist and client will work together on changing the client's behaviours or their thinking patterns, or both of these. CBT can be used with individuals, couples, and groups. One of the main reasons CBT is so favoured is its short term results in getting people to a state of well-being. With therapy lasting anything from 2 to 20 weekly sessions and showing good results, no wonder CBT as become one of the leading talking therapies of the modern world.

What can CBT help with?

Anxiety Disorders (including panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Schizophrenia and psychosis
Bipolar Disorder
Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
Traumatic Loss

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:

-Chronic fatigue
-Behavioural difficulties in children
-Anxiety disorders in children
-Chronic pain
-Physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
-Sleep difficulties
-Anger management

Cognitive behaviour therapy is effective with or without medication, but depending on the severity of the condition, medication such as anti-depression medication, may help to elevate severe conditions of problems.

How CBT is delivered

CBT can be offered in individual sessions with a therapist or as part of a group. 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 lasting between 30 and 60 minutes each. CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, instead of looking at and getting help with difficulties in your past.
You and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. Your therapist will not tell you what to do. Instead they will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends. CBT is available in a wide range of settings, as well as hospitals or clinics. It is sometimes provided in the form of written or computer-based packages. This may be combined with flexible telephone or face-to-face appointments to check progress and help overcome any barriers to putting into practice what you have learned. This way of delivering CBT has made it more accessible to people with busy lives, and has also reduced delays in getting help.

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