Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is also known as CBT
The Department of Health along with The Mental Health Foundation agree that CBT is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety & stress. Some Employee Assistance Programme providers include it in their product package.
CBT is a type of talking therapy. It’s a combination of cognitive therapy, and behavioural therapy. Cognitive therapy can help with your thinking processes. Behavioural therapy will focus on your behaviour in response to those thoughts.
Common CBT techniques include:
- challenging negative beliefs and replacing them with alternative ones
- problem solving
- developing coping skills
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a short-term treatment that usually lasts between six weeks and six months. It consists of individual treatment sessions, which are usually attended every week. Group therapy sessions are available for you as well as remote therapy sessions using a phone or your own computer. The number of sessions you have will depend on your condition and commitment to the treatment. Most of the time a session usually lasts for about 30 minutes to an hour.
CBT is most often used to treat anxiety or depression and has other uses for:
- panic disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- body dysmorphic disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- eating disorders
- anger issues sleep problems
- persistent pain
- sexual or relationship issues
- bipolar disorder
CBT Complimentary to traditional counselling
Computerised CBT complements traditional counselling services and is relatively new in the UK. With more people using their technology to chat on a daily basis this is very useful for employees who work or live remotely. It means that with this higher level of support individuals can meet their goals at home or work.
Expert explains the service and benefits a CBT expert explain the process in an easy video about cognitive behaviour therapy