Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based and effective psychological treatment. It is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (a government body that reviews research evidence and consults with experts in the field) for the treatment of anxiety and depression.
It is a practical and goal-focussed therapy which sees the therapist and client working together towards agreed therapy goals. Treatment is very much focussed on what the client would like to get out of it. CBT focuses on forming a shared understanding of the main difficulty and what keeps it going. It is generally a “here and now” approach, focusing on addressing your current difficulties. It explores the link between how you think, what you feel, and what you do, and how your environment impacts on you. Highlighting these links helps to identify what thoughts and behaviours might need to be addressed in order to help you feel better. CBT is a short term and time limited psychological treatment.