What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy is:

  • An evidenced-based psychological treatment or ‘talking therapy’
  • Highly structured
  • Goal orientated
  • Concerned with emotions, unhelpful thinking and behaviour
  • Collaborative
  • Based on a coherent treatment rationale informed by cognitive theory
  • Based on a psychological formulation to understand the factors that led to the problem
  • Applied between sessions through the practice of skills and experiments as homework tasks