Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive and/or behavioural psychotherapies are structured psychological approaches based on scientific principles and which research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems.

CBT relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the individual’s problem and so patients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour, usually focusing on difficulties in the here and now. It is therefore important that the therapist and patient develop a shared view of the problem, which will lead to identifying personalised, time-limited therapy goals and strategies. These are continually monitored and evaluated.

How can Cognitive Therapy help?

CBT can help to change how you think (Cognitive) and what you do (Behaviour). These changes can help you to feel and cope better with your condition and /or situation. It focuses on the “here and now” problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now, which in turn can have a positive impact on physical symptoms.

Cognitive and/or behavioural psychotherapies may be used on their own or in conjunction with medication or other therapies, as research has shown that this can increase the effects of cognitive therapy by 70%.

The overall aim of this treatment is to equip you with the tools to problem solve and manage your condition or problem, so that you become your own therapist. This will allow you to control your symptoms, and improve your overall psychological and physical well-being.

Conditions that have been shown to benefit from cognitive approaches include;

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Reflux Disease
  • Headaches
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress and anxiety related disorders
  • Phobias

For more information, visit The British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies

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