What happens in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy?

In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy the therapist and the client work together to achieve an understanding of:

  • The client’s beliefs and underlying assumptions about themselves, others and the world and
  • How these affect the client’s current behaviours, feelings and daily functioning.
  • How to modify unhelpful behaviours and the conditions which control them.

Based on the understanding of each client’s individual problems the therapist and the client will then work together to identify goals and to agree a shared treatment plan. The focus of CBT is to enable the client to generate solutions to their problems that are more helpful than their present ways of coping. This often involves the client using the time between therapy sessions to try things out.