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"Even if they are not sure whether therapy will help them, or if they feel in any way too embarrassed about what others will think of them, to seek help, I would urge them to do it. Trust me, you have everything to gain. And absolutely nothing to lose."

What Is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (also called ‘cognitive therapy’ or ‘CBT’ for short) is a short-term, problem-focused type of psychotherapy (typically up to 8 weekly sessions), that is quick-acting and has proven long-term benefits. CBT was first developed in the 1960s by Professor Aaron Beck at the University of Pennsylvania.

Since its inception, it has been successfully applied to a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and difficulties with alcohol / substance abuse.

CBT helps clients to overcome problems by teaching them how to successfully modify their thinking (their ‘cognitions’) and their behaviour. The focus of CBT is on your thinking and behaviour today, rather than your early childhood experiences. However, we do acknowledge that, depending on your circumstances, it may be important to explore past events and relationships if you feel that they have had a significant impact on the way you see yourself or the world now (e.g., as in the case of someone having experienced significant trauma either in childhood or later in life).

Research has shown that CBT is as least as effective, and often more effective than, medication in the treatment of emotional problems. In addition, because clients learn to become ‘their own therapist’, CBT is superior to other treatments (including medication) in preventing relapse.

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  • South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust
  • Recovery College
  • Imagine Independence
  • Sutton Age UK
  • Off the Record
  • Sutton Carers Centre