Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy used to help individuals overcome emotional and physical health problems in children, adolescents and adults.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on recognising how thoughts and feelings can influence behaviour. Our physiological state is also linked to our emotions and our thoughts.

Within therapy Individuals learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on their behaviour enabling them to feel more satisfied with their lives.

This may involve working together to find past and present successes and using these to address the challenges currently being faced.  When working with children, we use a combination of CBT and play therapy. Play therapy enables children to express their emotional experiences through play.

Therapy is a place to identify and build on current strengths, learn problem-solving strategies, develop or enhance coping skills, learn more effective ways to communicate with others and receive support and feedback.

Birmingham Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

During our first session (intake session), we will gather information about history, current strengths, struggles/areas of concern and goals for treatment. Feedback regarding recommendations for CBT will be provided, and the goals for therapy will be decided upon together.


CBT is evidence-based in treating depression and anxiety disorders and recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Behavioural difficulties in children.
  • Anxiety disorders in children
  • A nxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Chronic pain
  • Physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Anger management
  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Health Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Specific Phobias (Fears)

You can access NICE guidelines here: