Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a psychological treatment that aims to help you understand how your problems began and what keeps them going. CBT works by helping you to link the way you think (your thoughts and beliefs) with how you feel (your emotions) and how you behave (your actions). CBT has been found to be effective in helping young people with a wide range of problems including: depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD and low self esteem.
If you think that CBT might help you then you will be offered weekly sessions. The number of sessions depends on the problems you are struggling with. This will usually be between 6 and 20 sessions, typically 55 minutes long.
Together with your therapist you will try to understand your difficulties and discover ways of dealing with them. You will be encouraged to practise the CBT skills in between the sessions and then discuss how this went at your next session.
Parents are sometimes involved in the therapy ‘co therapists’ with a shared understanding of the problem, understanding of the therapy, shared goals and to support you practice in between sessions. Whether or not your parents are involved and to what extent with be discussed with you.