Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that combines cognitive therapy and behaviour therapy.

It focuses on how you think about the things going on in your life – your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes (your cognitive processes) – and how this impacts on the way you behave and deal with emotional problems.

It then looks at how you can take a different approach to any negative patterns of thinking or behaviour that may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change the way you feel.

Because CBT is usually a short-term treatment option, it is often more affordable than some other types of therapy. CBT is also the form of therapy which is most supported by scientific study to effectively help clients overcome a wide range of emotional and psychological issues.

CBT has been adopted by many national health institutions including the British NHS.

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