CBT, or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children.
CBT looks at how you think about a situation and how this affects the way you act. In turn your actions can affect how you think and feel. As therapist and client we will work together in adjusting your unwanted or unhelpful behaviour, or thinking patterns, or both of these.
There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders.
NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:
Anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Schizophrenia and Psychosis
(CBT) was very helpful and gave me the confidence to face my fears instead of avoiding everything`` Review by R.J. in Sheffield
There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:
Behavioural difficulties in children
Anxiety disorders in children
Physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
CBT can be used if you are on medication which has been prescribed by your GP. You can also use CBT on its own. This will depend on the difficulty you want help with.
At The Sheffield CBT Practice, CBT is offered in individual sessions. The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with. Often this will be between five and 20 weekly sessions lasting between 60 minutes each.
CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, instead of looking at and getting help with difficulties in your past.
You and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. Your therapist will not tell you what to do.
Instead they will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.
The Sheffield CBT Practice is a private practice, although both Jane and Sarah work in the NHS. This way of delivering CBT has made it more accessible to people with busy lives, and has also reduced delays in getting help.
CBT-based self-help books are available. There are also websites providing information on CBT techniques which are free to access.
Evidence does show that using them works better with support from a therapist, especially for low mood.
If you are interest in finding out more about our service and CBT please call us on 0114 3830004.