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  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.

What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat:
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias, Acute Stress and Post Traumatic Stress
  • Depression
  • Other mental and physical health problems
CBT is based on the idea that the way we think about situations can affect the way we feel and behave. For example, if you interpret a situation negatively then you might experience negative emotions as a result, and those bad feelings might then lead you to behave in a certain way:
 
If you are thinking ‘I am hopeless. Nobody likes me’ then you are likely to feel ‘down’ ‘lonely’ and ‘sad.’ You might then stop going out and not meet up with your friends or you might sit in the house and eat or drink excessively. You might then feel tired and want to sleep a lot. Or you might start to feel your heart racing and tummy churning and not be able to sleep well.
 
In CBT you work with a therapist to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and behaviour which may be causing you difficulties. In turn this can change the way you feel about situations, and enable you to change your behaviour in future.
 

Attending CBT

CBT sessions last for 50 minutes and usually have a maximum of 10 sessions. The first session will be an assessment to develop an understanding of your presenting problem. The therapist will then discuss with you a suggested way forward and will help you work out how your thinking, feelings and behaviour are interconnected. You will have to do homework between sessions to get the most out of therapy. After the first session there is no obligation to continue with further therapy.
 
Students who wish to undertake CBT will meet with a counsellor to discuss their suitability for CBT and if appropriate, will be placed on the waiting list for an appointment.
To enquire about CBT, please e-mail counselling@napier.ac.uk
 
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