Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is one of a number of talking therapies based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, our behaviour and how our body feels are all connected. If we better understand these, or make meaningful changes to one of these, we can alter the others to improve our holistic wellbeing. For example, our learning about who we are in the world can influence how we perceive things around us now, and how we can find ourselves in unhappy patterns.

CBT has a good evidence base for a wide range of mental health problems in adults, older adults, children and young people. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), who provide independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat ill health.

NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of anxiety disorders (including panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder) and depression, as well as other mood disorders.

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including fatigue and pain, sleep difficulties and anger.



What can I expect?

  • You will meet one-to-one with a therapist.
  • The number of sessions will depend upon your needs and preferences, including the difficulty you need help with.
  • Your psychotherapist can help you to develop an understanding of your current difficulties, tailored to you.
  • Your therapist will help you to understand how the difficulties developed, the things that maintain the difficulties, and address ways of making meaningful changes with you.
  • You and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve, which you will work on within and outside of your therapy sessions.
  • Compared with other modalities of therapy, CBT is well regarded for offering a higher amount of structure to therapy – for example, you will agree a focus for each session and keep to this, working through an evidenced-based model of understanding and addressing difficulties, and setting tasks/reflections for you to complete between sessions.
  • CBT sessions  include education about thoughts and feelings and will likely include using pen and paper, for example to complete reflective diaries or look together at patterns you find yourself repeating.
  • CBT can be used for more focused pieces of therapy over a lower number of sessions, such as 6-12 sessions, or can support longer term, more exploratory therapy, with emphasis on sense of self and relationships.

Request an appointment

To request an appointment, please download the Adult Therapy & Psychological Services referral form (Word document) by clicking the button below

How To Access The Service

All therapies are accessed via our Initial Therapies Assessment. 

To refer yourself to our general therapies service, or just to talk to us about whether we can help, please call us on 0161 445 2099.


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