Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is widely recommended as a first-line treatment for a wide variety of emotional problems, including depression and anxiety. CBT works on the basic assumption that the way people think can contribute to their emotional problems. In CBT, people learn to identify, question and change patterns of thinking that contribute to emotional distressto see thoughts as ideas rather than as facts, and to "stand back" from their thoughts and consider situations from different points of view. People also learn to change behaviours related to negative moods. CBT is a short-term, practical and goal-oriented therapy that teaches people to become their own therapists.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy: An Information Guide:
This guide is a brief, easy-to-read introduction for people who are considering or starting out in CBT, for family members and friends who would like to know more about the treatment, and for anyone else with an interest in CBT.