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How Is CBT Delivered?

How Is CBT Delivered?

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:

  • Individually – one to one with a therapist (either face-to-face, over the phone or over a video call).
  • In a group – with other people who may have similar problems.
  • Through a self-help book – you might be asked to complete exercises from a book by yourself.
  • Through a computer (usually online) – you may be offered computerised CBT.

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What's The CBT Therapeutic Relationship Like?

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.

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How Are CBT Sessions Structured?

A typical structure of a CBT session may include the following:

  • At the beginning of the therapy, you and your therapist may explore the problems you want to work on. 
  •  You may start planning the content of sessions and talking about how you could deal with your problems.
  • You might work through exercises with your therapist to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This may be in the form of diagrams or worksheets.
  • You are often given work to do in your own time, so the end of each session you might agree on some exercises to work on afterwards.

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Who Should Deliver CBT Sessions

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). 

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Is CBT Right For You?

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. 

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Misconceptions About CBT

Cognitive behavioural therapy is an evidence-based treatment intervention for a range of psychological disorders, including common problems like anxiety and depression. 

But even though CBT is widespread, it’s still highly misunderstood—even by the professionals who practice it. Numerous myths still abound.

  1. CBT is a ‘one size fits all’ approach
  2. CBT is about positive thinking
  3. CBT doesn’t care about the past
  4. CBT only addresses symptoms not the person

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What Can CBT Help With?

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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