Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is an increasingly popular type of psychotherapy widely used by counsellors, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses and sometimes specialist teachers.
The principle of CBT is to improve the link between a person’s thoughts (cognitive) and their actions (behaviour), helping to replace negative thought patterns with more positive ones.
CBT is a respected and pragmatic approach to psychotherapy that is recommended by the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence). It can be offered to patients to help alleviate a range of symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, sleep problems and OCD, to name only a few.
The UK government is currently set to increase the number of CBT services offered by the NHS, as part of its IAPT scheme – Improved Access to Psychological Therapies. There has rarely been a better time to become Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working in both public and private practice.