Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes an active, structured, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. In addition to the therapy sessions there will be activities to complete at home to enhance the treatment. These are agreed with your therapist and paced at your own ability. There have been several well researched CBT models developed for common difficulties such as panic attacks, social phobia, perfectionism, phobia’s, eating disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and generalised anxiety disorder. Targeted CBT to an individual’s difficulties increases the success of treatment. Often, there are several co existing difficulties so identifying and prioritising client choice is important. CBT is often intuitive to people and I believe an essential skill; I use it every day. Not only will this model assist you during your therapy, it aims to equip you with the techniques to meet challenges in the future and enhance your coping. It teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems and ways to avoid and manage relapse. For more information on CBT follow the link.