Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a short term therapy focusing on the issues that a client may be struggling with in the here and now. It is a psycho-social evidence based therapy developed by Aaron T. Beck and Albert Ellis and based on the basic principles from cognitive and and behavioural approaches.
It is guided by empirical research and focuses on the understanding of what may contribute and maintain current mental health difficulties, developing coping strategies which address current problems you may be experiencing, challenging unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns and emotional regulation. It is a problem and action focused type of therapy.
There is significant empirical evidence that suggests that CBT is effective for a wide range of presentations including anxiety disorders such as Social Phobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and PTSD, Depression, Anger, Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder and Substance Misuse. When compared with pharmacological treatments, research suggests that CBT is just as effective with mild to moderate symptoms and an effective adjust in severe mental health illness with medication.