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What is CBT?

CBT is a form of psychotherapy or talking therapy but unlike many other talking therapies, it
is based on scientific principles and widely and rigorously researched – this means that
there is clear evidence to show its effectiveness for treating a wide range of common
mental health difficulties.

CBT has been shown to be helpful for a wide range of emotional, psychological, behavioural
and physical disorders. It features widely in the National Institute for Health and Clinical
Excellence Guidelines (NICE) in the UK, an independent body established to promote
scientifically evaluated good practice for physical and mental health. 

The approach usually focuses on difficulties in the here and now and relies on the client and
therapist developing a shared view of the problem. It involves the identification of
personalised, time-limited therapy goals.

The formulation driven strategies that are agreed upon are continually monitored and
evaluated. The duration of treatment varies greatly depending on a number of factors but
typically sessions are weekly or fortnightly, last 50 minutes and treatment takes place over a
period of 10-15 sessions.

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