What is CBT?
Many of us will experience psychological and coping difficulties when under pressure in our lives. CBT is a counselling and therapy approach that is effective in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological problems affecting a person’s mental health and coping ability. It is a well-researched and effective approach supported by NHS organisations, including the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NIHCE) whose guidelines recommend CBT as a first treatment of choice for treating psychological and mental health conditions.
CBT focuses on how thoughts influence emotions, behaviour and physical symptoms. It is aimed at addressing issues causing emotional distress to bring about positive change in life. A full assessment is carried out initially to determine the best treatment approach to improve and develop coping skills and strategies.
1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year, and 1 in 6 experiences this at any given time. (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)
To view some of the most common questions I am asked about CBT, please read on.