Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured psychological therapy that focuses on helping people to develop a better understanding of their difficulties and learn new ways of thinking and acting, in order to reduce emotional distress and to improve the quality of their lives. It emphasises a partnership between patient and therapist, who work together to tackle problems and progress towards agreed goals.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for the following disorders:
Depression and mood problems
Panic attacks and agoraphobia
Social Anxiety Disorder
Chronic worry (or Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
CBT also has an evidence base for its effectiveness with the following problems:
I have extensive experience of helping people work with all the above problems using CBT.