CBT is a short-term therapy aiming to help you change the way you think and what you do, with the goal of freeing you from unhelpful patterns of behaviour, focussing on current problems and practical solutions.
We all suffer from hearing that self-critical voice from time to time but if you get caught up in negative cycles of thinking and behaving, CBT can teach you the skills to identify these destructive patterns and overcome them. Like counselling, CBT deals with current situations more than your past or childhood. CBT is a practical short-term therapy that typically involves around 8 sessions of 50 minutes. You may be given homework between sessions, which encourages engagement and can accelerate your progress. Because of its quick results, it is a popular choice and is recommended by national guidelines. It can be used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, chronic pain and fatigue syndromes, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and even headaches.