Explains what cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is, what it is for, what happens during therapy and how to find a therapist.
You might be able to access CBT on the NHS through:
Your GP may be able to give you information about local services, including third sector support. (See our information on seeking help for a mental health problem and our talking treatments useful contacts for more information.)
"I still get anxious but CBT helped me to gain insight and perspective. It was the start of my journey to recovery, though not the only part. I did a 6 week CBT course through IAPT."
You may want to consider seeing a therapist privately – but be aware that private therapists usually charge for appointments. You can find a private therapist through:
This information was published in October 2017. We will revise it in 2020.
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