Excellent Leaflet from Royal College of Psychiatrists on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Excellent Leaflet from Royal College of Psychiatrists on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


This leaflet is for anyone who wants to know more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).It discusses how it works, why it is used, its effects, its side-effects, and alternative treatments. If you can’t find what you want here, there are sources of further information at the end of this leaflet.

What is CBT?

It is a way of talking about:

  • how you think about yourself, the world and other people

  • how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.


CBT can help you to change how you think (‘Cognitive’) and what you do (‘Behaviour’). These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.

Read the full leaflet here:


It will show you how CBT works and help you make your mind up if you think you may need this therapy. It is thought nowadays to be the best type of therapy available.

About the Author

Phoenix is the editor and was given a diagnosis of bipolar 25 years ago although this should be Post Traumatic Stress. In between 9 periods of severe difficulty and hospitalisation she trained as a garden designer and was a awarded an RHS Diploma, gained a first class degree in Cultural Studies and a Certificate in Education that enables her to lecture in Recovery in Mental Health to psychiatric nurse students and mental health professionals at universities. Phoenix leads a diverse life and in the last few years has performed stand up comedy. Laughter truly is the best medicine! Also gardening, art and walking for health. She spent 13 years being involved in trying to improve conditions for inpatients and service receivers in the local trust and training in WRAP and the new Advanced Statement. Also trying to help services deliver Recovery based strategies.. She is now putting her energy into running and chairing the Forum, this website, teaching, training and talking at conferences. She is a member of ISPS UK and is a co-founder of ISPS Liverpool. Through these organisations she gains knowledge of latest research on psychosis and the effects of severe distress. She believes in trauma informed care and that all professionals should be working from a psycho-social approach. And that all people should have access to psychological therapies. Mindfulness and Acceptance Commitment Therapy have been more recently a turning point in understanding an abusive childhood and extreme trauma in adult life by looking at things very differently and stopping the past from ruling the present.