CBT is a psychological talking therapy which is based on scientific principles and which research has shown to be effective for a wide range of problems. Clients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

The approach is usually concerned with difficulties in the here and now, and relies on the therapist and client developing a shared view of the individual’s problem. This then leads to identification of specific therapy goals and strategies which are continually monitored and evaluated.

The treatments are inherently empowering in nature, the outcome being to focus on specific psychological and practical skills aimed at enabling the client to tackle their problems by harnessing their own resources. The acquisition and utilisation of such skills is seen as the main goal, and the active component in promoting change with an emphasis on putting what has been learned into practice between sessions.

Thus the overall aim is for the individual to attribute improvement in their problems to their own efforts, in collaboration with the psychotherapist.