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Feeling Anxious? Why choose Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Going from stuck to stable…….

Image of words on crumpled paper in the background. It's okay to not be okay

In the ever-evolving options of mental health treatment, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an effective approach that can help you navigate your thoughts and emotions to achieve positive change. This therapeutic technique has gained widespread recognition for its practical and solution-focused nature. CBT is often recommended as a treatment for anxiety disorders by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE | The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). Therapists also undertake studies recognised by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) of which they are accredited by.

In this blog, I will explore Cognitive Behaviour Therapy techniques and the impact it could have on your life.

Understanding Cognitive Behaviour Therapy:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Developed in the 1960s by psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck, CBT operates on the premise that our thoughts significantly influence our emotions and actions. By identifying and challenging negative thought patterns, individuals can reshape their perceptions and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Main approaches in CBT:

1.     Cognitive Restructuring: This involves identifying and challenging irrational or negative thought patterns. The process helps individuals reframe their thoughts and create a more balanced and realistic outlook on various aspects of their lives.

2.     Behavioural Activation: This encourages individuals to engage in positive and meaningful activities. By addressing avoidance behaviours and promoting constructive actions, individuals can break the cycle of negative thoughts and emotions.

3.     Exposure Therapy: This involves gradually facing and overcoming fears or anxieties, helping build resilience and reduce the impact of irrational fears.

4.     Problem-Solving: By breaking down problems into manageable components and developing actionable solutions, individuals gain a sense of control over their circumstances.

So why choose CBT?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is an evidence-based, goal-oriented approach. The process encourages you to take an active role in your mental well-being, empowering you to make changes that promote lasting positive change. From the first session a personalised treatment plan is followed, and sessions thereafter are structured to meet your identified goals. Tools and techniques are then explored as part of the treatment that will address the challenges you face and give you the skills to manage after treatment has ended. It is a short term therapy but can bring long term lasting change to your life with the techniques and knowledge you will gain.

 It is of course not the only form of treatment for anxiety, and may not suit everyone. It is important to find a therapist you feel you could work with, and one that specialises in working with issues you are experiencing, so it is fine to shop around. If you would like to know more about CBT and the process then please do get in touch for a free assessment. You can email me at or fill in the contact form at the bottom of my home page.


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