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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a psychological therapy which has been proven to help treat a wide range of mental health problems.  CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way that we act, or ‘behave’ – in turn, our behaviour will affect how we think and feel.  The therapist and client work together to help change unhelpful behaviours and thinking patterns, and so enable the client to change the way that they feel.

CBT can be offered in individual sessions with a therapist, or as part of a group. The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with. You and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve.

CBT involves some work  between sessions. Your therapist will not tell you what to do. Instead they will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.

CBT is available face-to-face in a wide range of settings. It is sometimes provided over the telephone which means that you may wait less time before you are able to get help.


We try to ensure that the type of help offered to you best matches your current needs. Our service offers both Low Intensity and High Intensity courses of treatment. Further details on these, and the stepped care approach are outlined below:

Low intensity

Whenever possible we offer low intensity courses of treatment in the first instance. This is because they are the easiest to access, most widely available, and least resource-intensive. Low intensity options include workshops, groups, and guided self-help using workbooks or online packages. Guided self-help includes one-to-one support, often in the form of weekly or fortnightly telephone contact.

High intensity

High intensity therapies usually involve weekly one-to-one sessions with a therapist who specialises in high intensity treatments.  You and your therapist will review your progress together, and may decide to step up your treatment (low to high intensity), or step it down (high to low intensity), or across (to another option at the same step), before you are ready to complete your treatment and be discharged.