Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that helps you manage problems by helping you to recognise, and ultimately change, the way you think and behave. Combining a cognitive (thought) approach with a behavioural approach, CBT encourages you to notice how your thoughts and actions influence one another.
The therapy aims to break overwhelming problems down into smaller parts to make them easier to cope with. During the treatment you and your therapist will focus on the here and now, while noting how past events shaped your thinking/behaviours.
Cognitive behavioural therapy has become one of the most popular forms of talk therapy and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
CBT combines two different approaches for a practical and solution-focused therapy. The therapy is very active by nature and requires you to take a proactive role within the treatment, this includes carrying out homework assignments outside of your sessions.