CBT is usually a short-term treatment, so you wouldn't be expected to continue with the treatment for a long time. For example, a course of CBT might be delivered in 12 hour-long weekly sessions, spread across 12 weeks. These sessions might be delivered:
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CBT favours an equal, non-judgemental relationship between you and your therapist. They should seek your views and reactions to your experiences, which then shape the way your therapy progresses. The collaborative style means that you are actively involved in the therapy.
This therapeutic relationship may help you feel able to open up and talk about things that are difficult or personal to you.
A typical structure of a CBT session may include the following:
CBT should only be delivered by a trained healthcare professional. Refresher CBT programmes may be available if you have already completed a course of CBT (your GP may know more about options in your area).
Although many people can benefit from CBT, not everyone finds it helpful. You might find that it just doesn't suit you, or doesn't meet your needs.
There are a lot of different models of therapy and more research needs to be done on what works when and for whom. You can talk to your doctor about which treatment is most suitable for you.
But even though CBT is widespread, it’s still highly misunderstood—even by the professionals who practice it. Numerous myths still abound.
CBT is a relatively flexible therapy that can be adapted to meet your particular needs.
You may also be offered CBT if you are experiencing a mental health problem alongside a physical health problem. The tools and techniques you learn during CBT can often be applied to other problems in the future.
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