Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

DepressionCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combines cognitive and behavioural therapies. The approach focuses on thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions, and teaches clients how each one can have an effect on the other. CBT is useful for dealing with a number of issues, including depression, anxiety and phobias. In a nutshell it deals with re writing your automatic thoughts-eg “there is a dog-it will bite me” or “I get stressed by school so it will always stress me” – the actions that we then take because we assume it will happen, is unhelpful and needs to be rewritten.