A short definition of cognitive behavioural therapy
What is cognitive behavioural therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a common form of ‘talking’ therapy used with patients who have mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety. The main focus of CBT is geared towards helping such patients by altering the way they think and behave. Essentially, CBT aims to examine the patient’s thinking, especially irrational thoughts, and provides them with coping skills and techniques that they can use to deal with issues that they encounter. During CBT sessions, therapists will seek to identify the patient’s negative thoughts/behaviours and then work with them in order to change negative feelings and any consequential behaviour. CBT is widely thought of as a beneficial alternative to anti-depressants, allowing patients to learn how to control their thought patterns without reliance on medication. However, it does receive its fair share of criticism; for example, it is not a quick fix for mental health issues and it can take some time for patients to feel the benefits.