What is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is based on the idea that it isn’t a certain event or situation that determines how we feel, it is more about the way we interpret and think about that event or situation that affects how we feel physically and emotionally, and subsequently impacts on how we behave.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a collaborative approach, as the therapist and client work together to address the problem.  It is a talking therapy but also a doing therapy and focuses on the here and now, and what is currently maintaining the problem.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is effective because it provides you with information about your current difficulties, and through the use of homework tasks enables you to make the changes in your life to meet your therapy goals.

Why choose CBT?

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) are evidence-based recommendations for health and care in England. They set out the care and services suitable for most people with a specific condition or need, and people in particular circumstances or settings

NICE  have reviewed large amounts of evidence about the effectiveness of CBT.  It has concluded that CBT is effective in working with depression and anxiety disorders and is the recommended treatment of choice for these.

Further information about CBT



Royal College of Psychiatrists


NICE Guidelines – further reading about specific disorders and recommended treatment