Q. What is CBT?

CBT or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client's behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these.


Q. How is CBT Delivered?

At the beginning of therapy you and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. Your therapist will not tell you what to do. Instead they will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques

in your daily life after treatment ends.


Q. Is There a Standard Procedure for Therapy Sessions?

While a particular sessions may vary, they typically follow this outline:

  • The session begins with a check on the client's mood and symptoms.

  • Together, the client and therapist set an agenda for the meeting.

  • Once the agenda is set, they revisit the previous session so they can bridge to the new one.

  • The therapist and client review the homework assignment and discuss problems and successes.

  • Next they turn to the issues on the agenda, which may or may not all get addressed.

  • New homework is set.

  • The session ends with the therapist summarizing the session and getting feedback from the client.


Q. How long does each session last for? 

A typical session lasts 50 minutes to an hour.