CBT therapy has become very well known as the treatment of choice within the NHS for symptoms of anxiety and depression. It seeks to change distressing behavior relatively quickly by challenging unhelpful thoughts and beliefs and supporting you to use coping strategies in the future.
It focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behavior, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behavior therapy (examining the things you do).
It aims to be ‘scientific’ by assessing and measuring change and does not prioritize finding original causes or exploring hidden potential. People with compulsive and obsessive disorders, fears, phobias and addictions tend to benefit from this type of therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapists believe that while it is important to have a good, trusting relationship, that is not enough in itself. A willingness to do homework tasks in between sessions is considered very important.