What is CBT?

CBT is a talking therapy recommended for the treatment of a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. 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 think and feel. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.

What Happens in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Initially, your therapist will help to identify a list of the problems that you want to work on. From this, you will develop realistic goals for therapy that you would like to achieve.

Your treatment sessions will be structured and together with your therapist you will set an agenda each session highlighting the areas you will cover that week. This is a collaborative approach which will help you to understand and address what is getting in the way of your recovery.

What is a CBT Treatment Plan?

After your initial assessment, you and your CBT therapist will agree on a treatment plan. A typical treatment plan looks like this:

  • Assessment
  • Agree problem list and therapy goals
  • Agree number of therapy sessions (usually 6 – 20)
  • Achieve treatment goals and outcomes
  • Identify relapse prevention strategies
  • Discharge planning and discharge
  • Follow up and top up sessions if required