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Danniella explains more about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is one of the free, confidential talking therapies we offer.

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Daniella: I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, or CBT Therapist for short. CBT is a structured and time-limited psychotherapy. It is a collaborative, problem-solving approach that focuses on the here and now.

It targets the symptoms that are impacting on what you do and how you are feeling to help you reach your goals. CBT has a strong evidence base and is recommended in clinical guidelines for a range of difficulties, including depression, phobias, OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, health anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, and insomnia. CBT can also be helpful for people with these difficulties in the context of a long-term health condition.

In the sessions, you will set goals and a treatment plan to work on together. Between sessions, your therapist will give you a range of techniques and tools to put into action in your daily life. Each time you meet, either in person or video call, you will then review how these tasks have gone, problem-solve any difficulties, and make a new plan to work towards improving your symptoms.

Sometimes, CBT is also delivered via a class, group, or webinar.