- What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, a form of psychotherapy which was developed in the 1950's by Dr Albert Ellis and Dr Aaron Beck. CBT is based on the principle that people experience psychological problems largely because they hold rigid and self-defeating irrational beliefs about themselves, others, or the world. Our thinking affects how we feel and behave. As a CBT therapist I aim to help my clients identify unhealthy thinking and behaviour patterns and work alongside them to challenge these and bring about positive change.
Today, the benefits of CBT are widely acknowledged. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT in the treatment of clinical depression, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).