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.

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