Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy that helps to manage existing problems by adapting the faulty thinking patterns behind them. CBT will not aim to remove the problems but will help the client to manage them in a positive way. The CBT therapist will help to make sense of seemingly overwhelming difficulties by breaking them down into smaller parts. Discussing and altering behaviour can change how the client thinks (cognitive) and what he/she does (behaviour), bringing great relief. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy seeks realistic ways to improve the state of mind on a daily basis. CBT has proved in clinical trials to be a helpful tool in dealing with long term health conditions such as IBS. rheumatoid arthritis and in chronic pain management. CBT's immediacy and the focus on changing perspective make it a sound choice for treating addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and stress, as the techniques can be applied on a long-term basis. Research studies have shown that in some cases, a course of CBT can be as effective as medication in treating depression.
Some conditions that may benefit from Cognitive Behavioural Treatment are:
body dysmorphic disorder
post-traumatic stress disorder
chronic fatigue syndrome
sexual and relationship problems