how does CBT work

What can CBT help with?

CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include: anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and psychosis.

CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself or physical health problems, like pain or fatigue.

CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

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Anger, like all emotions, involves physiological and chemical changes in the body – affecting heart rate and adrenaline levels.


Anxiety is used to describe feelings of worry, fear and unease. Typically, it incorporates both the emotional and physical sensations.

Binge-eating disorder

Binge-eating disorder (BED) is a type of eating disorder where people regularly experience a loss of control and overeat.

Body dysmorphic disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (or BDD) is a condition that causes a person to have a distorted view of their appearance.


While it is a common issue at school, bullying can occur at any age. Bullying doesn’t discriminate, it’s everywhere.

Carer support

Offers you an opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential environment to think about your needs.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain means the pain experienced by the sufferer is something they experience continuously or on a recurrent basis.


If you have depression, you will experience a low mood for a long period of time. Unlike the occasional bout of feeling sad, it will affect your daily life.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence can take many forms and can affect anyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, race or age, Any incident of threatening behaviour.

Emotional abuse

Can damage a person’s confidence so that they feel worthless and find it hard to make or keep other relationships.

Generalised anxiety disorder

Generalised anxiety disorder is a long-term condition that causes sufferers to feel anxious about a variety of situations/issues, rather than one specific situation.

Health anxiety

A distressful condition where a person’s beliefs and worries are often considered by others as imaginary or fake. On the contrary, health anxiety is a real problem.


Can damage a person’s confidence so that they feel worthless and find it hard to make or keep other relationships.

Obsessive compulsive disorder

These obsessions can be intense, and typically the only way a person can relieve these intrusive thoughts is to repeat an action until they are quelled.

Panic disorder

Anxiety and feelings of panic are completely natural human responses, designed to enhance our chances of survival and help us to deal effectively with stressful or dangerous situations.


We can help you explore the negative messages you’ve taken on about yourself that may push you towards perfectionism, and will help you to be aware of positive messages that have previously been ignored.


Everyone has fears, However a phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear that develops when someone has an exaggerated sense of danger about a certain object or situation.

Low self-confidence

Techniques and strategies can be developed to build your self-confidence and change current negative thinking. Understanding set-backs and problems can be a first step.

Post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t only associated with war-related scenarios however. Traumatic events such as natural disasters, abuse and accidents can also cause symptoms.

Postnatal depression

Often mistaken for natural ‘baby blues’. There are however stark differences between feeling emotional and irritable following the birth of your baby, and feeling extremely low, anxious and lethargic.

Physical abuse

Seeking support is essential for helping victims of physical abuse to overcome psychological difficulties that can stem from their traumatic experiences. In many cases physical abuse can lead to depression.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD can be an extremely debilitating condition to live with and unfortunately it leaves many individuals dreading the colder months. Various therapies are available which can help sufferers to have a more positive winter.


Self-harming, it can be difficult to stop. Getting professional support can help you make changes. There are different ways to go about getting help and for many, a combination of self-help techniques and professional support is key.


Stress typically begins as pressure – from ourselves or others – and if we are unable to cope with this pressure, we feel stressed. The effects of stress will differ from person to person, but if left untreated it can lead to illness.

Sexual abuse

No one ever deserves it or ‘asks for it’. It’s normal for your mental health to be affected after being the victim of sexual abuse. It is a traumatising experience that often requires support to come to terms with.

Social phobia/Social anxiety

People with Social Anxiety Disorder have developed a negative way of thinking that is twisted with reality; these thoughts then increase the person’s anxiety levels, and lessen the ability to cope.


Symptoms of trauma vary from person to person and depend on the severity of the event. These symptoms can last anything from a couple of days to decades if treatment isn’t sought.

Work-related stress

When certain demands in your job exceed your ability to cope. Similarly, workplace bullying, harassment, unrealistic deadlines and feeling inadequate or undervalued can also negatively affect your ability to cope.

Raj Bassi is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT)

Therapist Qualifications

Working with people with complex mental health needs in the NHS and privately.

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • PGCert LIPI
  • PGDip CBT
  • BABCP Registered Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Research shows that online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is can be just as effective as face to face CBT, with the added benefits of increased flexibility.