What is CBT?

Published 19 April, 2024

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most common modalities of talking therapy for a range of mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. CBT centres around the theory and research that our thoughts and behaviours influence our feelings, which can then have an impact on low mood or anxiety.

An example of this is when we feel low we often have little motivation to do things. This then results in us doing less, which in turn makes us feel lower. CBT can help reverse this cycle by modifying the unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, which then improves how we feel.

What is CBT used for?

CBT is a helpful treatment for depression and a variety of anxiety disorders, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For a more comprehensive list, please consult the NHS website.

How does CBT work?

The process of CBT involves identifying and subsequently challenging your negative thought and behavioural patterns. During a CBT session, you will work closely with your therapist to establish and break down the problems you are facing. Having done this, you will then work to determine how each of these impact on each other, and – as a result – on you.

You will then be asked to take your learnings from the sessions and practise those changes in your day-to-day life. When you next meet with or talk to your therapist, you can then use your time to discuss how you found it and what the next steps are.

The aim of CBT is for you to learn how to manage your unhelpful thoughts and behavioural patterns and then apply these to your everyday experiences. Ultimately, the aim is to teach you how to become your own therapist.

Does Xyla offer CBT?

At Xyla, we offer flexible online CBT treatment which you can access from the comfort of your own home. Our sessions are available 7 days a week and are booked in at a time that suits you – we offer sessions between 8am – 10pm. To access CBT with us, you need to be referred from your local IAPT service. You can find your local IAPT service by clicking here.

This service is not designed for emergencies. If you need urgent help or you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can find emergency support here.

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