There is a great deal of research evidence to show that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) works effectively in treating a variety of mental health problems. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE guidance) who advises psychologists and therapist about the most effective and recommended treatment for a wide range of mental health problems.
The emphasis in CBT is to help you develop better coping strategies to reduce your symptoms. This might include helping you to deal better with certain emotions, but also often includes exposing you to certain situations and emotions which you might have been avoiding for some time. Any interventions and coping strategies are planned and discussed in detail with your therapist, so you feel comfortable and ready to put this into practice.
During therapy you will learn to look at your thoughts and beliefs and to understand the link to your behaviours, mood and physical reactions.
The focus in CBT is to change or reduce what is maintaining a problem. This usually includes changing thinking patterns, changing behaviour and improving helpful coping strategies. In turn, the latter changes lead to a reduction in unhelpful emotions, such as chronic anxiety, depression and lack of energy.