Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured, short-term therapy. It works by identifying and changing patterns of thinking and behaving that contribute to your difficulties. At the start of therapy, you will spend time identifying specific goals you would like to achieve. You will begin to understand your difficulties and start to practice skills that can help. A very important part of CBT is the time spent working in between sessions.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that CBT should be offered to people experiencing depression and anxiety, including panic, agoraphobia, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Watch the video below for some information on what it is like to receive CBT at Hounslow IAPT: