Su Stokes, Counselling and Mentoring in Bridgwater and Taunton, Somerset
Counselling in Bridgwater and Taunton, Somerset

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

CBT is a way of talking about:

  • How you think about yourself, the world and other people
  • How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.

CBT can help you to change how you think ("Cognitive") and what you do ("Behaviour)". These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the "here and now" problems and difficulties. Instead of focussing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.

It has been found to be helpful in:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic
  • Agoraphobia and other phobias
  • Social phobia
  • Bulimia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder
  • Schizophrenia

How does it work?

CBT can help you to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. This makes it easier to see how they are connected and how they affect you. These parts are:

  • A Situation - a problem, event or difficult situation
    From this can follow:
  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Physical feelings
  • Actions

Each of these areas can affect the others. How you think about a problem can affect how you feel physically and emotionally. It can also alter what you do about it.

How effective is CBT?

  • It is one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem
  • It is the most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression
  • It is as effective as antidepressants for many types of depression

Extracted from the Royal College of Psychiatrists Web site

Bridgwater:8 Chandos Street, (off Kings Square), Bridgwater TA6 3DL
Taunton: The Terrace, 35 Staplegrove Road, Taunton TA1 1DG
Telephone:01823 338968 • Mobile: 07811 643742