Counselling Psychologist Brighton & Hove
Dr Clarissa Bartlett (DCPsych)

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, is a type of therapy that looks at how your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and body sensations all affect each other. It helps us identify and challenge patterns of problematic thinking and behaviours and thereby, change how we feel and function. CBT also works on your core beliefs and tests out long-standing assumptions that you may hold about yourself. Although CBT focuses on the here-and-now, at times, you may need to talk about the past to understand how it is affecting you now.

There are several techniques used in CBT including relaxation and breathing exercises, identifying and challenging your style of thinking and behavioural experiments. Therefore, it is not a quick fix and involves repeatedly practicing the techniques and skills taught to achieve your goals in therapy. You can continue to practice and develop your skills even after the sessions have finished. This makes it less likely that your symptoms or problems will return.

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