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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) explores the links between thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It is a directive, goal-oriented, structured approach used to treat a variety of mental health disorders. It aims to alleviate distress by helping patients to develop more adaptive cognitions and behaviours.
The therapy typically involves identifying negative thought patterns and beliefs, challenging these thoughts with evidence-based reasoning, and replacing them with more positive and realistic thinking patterns. It is a short-term therapy that typically lasts between 12 and 20 sessions, although the number of sessions can vary depending on the individual and their specific needs.

Studies have shown that CBT is highly effective in treating a range of mental health conditions including;

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Depression

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Eating disorders

The effectiveness of CBT has been supported by numerous research studies, and it is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for mental health conditions. In addition to improving symptoms, CBT can also help individuals develop important life skills, such as problem-solving, communication, and assertiveness.

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