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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

If you're experiencing anxiety or low mood, CBT may be recommended for you.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that looks at:

  • How you think about yourself, the world and other people
  • How what you think and do affects how you feel
  • How your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, physical reactions and your environment are interconnected

If you're experiencing anxiety or low mood, CBT may be recommended for you. If you have a long-term health condition, our long-term health conditions team may also refer you for CBT.

CBT will help you explore the idea that what you think can affect how you feel and how you behave. During times of stress, you can think differently about yourself and what happens to you. Your thoughts can become unhelpful and this in turn can worsen how you feel. You may not be aware of how your thoughts link to your feelings, behaviours and physical reactions – CBT will help you understand the connection between these aspects of yourself.

Your CBT therapist will work with you to identify unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours. You'll also explore different perspectives to your thinking and this can improve your mood. CBT aims to enable you to tackle your problems by harnessing your own resources.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) helps people to stay well, particularly if they have been struggling with recurrent depression. The MBCT approach uses ‘mindfulness practices' including mediation and breathing exercises, to  increase your awareness of body sensations, feelings and thoughts. You'll learn how to notice patterns of thinking and feeling and how to relate to them differently, rather than trying to escape from them.

CBT resources

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Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) overview
Find out more about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) on the NHS website. This page explains how it can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.
Living well programme
This programme is a free six-session self-management course developed for people living with any long-term health condition across West Sussex and is run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.
Self-help CBT on the Every Mind Matters website
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be a helpful form of therapy for people with stress. While this isn't a full course, it can help you understand the principles of CBT.

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Typed therapy with ieso
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