What is CBT for?

There is extensive research evidence that CBT can help with a range of problems.

NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) has examined research and recommends cognitive behaviour therapy as treatment for the following:

  • Anxiety disorders, such as panic, phobias including agoraphobia, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress-disorder (PTSD) and generalised anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Bulimia

There is increasing evidence for the effectiveness of CBT with:

  • Psychosis,
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anger problems
  • Low self-esteem,
  • Drug and alcohol problems and
  • Self-harming
  • And eating disorders other than Bulimia.

Furthermore, CBT has been found helpful in alleviating distress and symptoms experienced in the context of physical health problems such as:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Cardiac problem
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Increasingly, CBT is used to help people with a range of problems. One of the important elements of CBT is that your progress as well as your satisfaction in therapy will be monitored and reviewed regularly so that you can be sure that you get the most out of therapy.

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