In its simplest form cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT is a skills based therapy, which helps people learn ways to overcome or adjust to their life problems and symptoms. Sessions are typically one hour in length (per week or fortnight).
Initially, it teaches the person to explore the meanings they hold in their mind about their specific difficulties and to understand the ways this effects their feelings, body and actions.
Later in treatment, the person, with the support of their Therapist, learns to make systematic changes to their coping.
There are many types of CBT and it is a particularly useful therapy for clients who are willing to learn about their problems and who want to take action to help themselves.
As part of CBT treatments, the client and Therapist develop between session tasks, which aim to help the client to practise a new skill or explore a new way of functioning.