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What is Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy?

Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy (often called CBT) is a psychological approach. Cognitive means to do with thinking and beliefs; behavioural is to with what we do, or behaviour. In this kind of therapy, the client and the therapist work together to define and understand difficulties. They look at the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and how this affects everyday life. Working together, the client and the therapist agree goals and plan ways of achieving them.
For example, looking at better ways of overcoming anxiety. Often, trying things out in-between sessions (ie. homework) helps with learning and practising new ways of coping.

The number of sessions is agreed according to what the individual wants and how severe the problem is. Therapy often lasts ten to fifteen sessions, but can vary. After treatment is completed, a limited number of follow-up sessions are usually arranged, to help to maintain progress.