Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a model of psychological therapy based on the idea that how we think, how we behave and how we feel are all inter-related and that changes to our thoughts and behaviours will influence our feelings. The therapy is collaborative, structured, educational and empirical. Therapy aims to modify the person’s thinking and behaviour system in an experimental way to see if this can have a positive effect on the person’s feelings, symptoms and underlying problems. The objective is to bring about enduring behavioural and emotional change.