Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

Explains what cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is, what it is for, what happens during therapy and how to find a therapist.

Your stories

How CBT helped me beat the bully in my head.

Sarah blogs about how cognitive behaviour therapy helped her manage her anxiety disorder.

Posted on 27/11/2014

Coming out to my therapist

Of all the times Simon has come out over the years, coming out to his therapists were the most challenging.

Posted on 06/07/2017

On my therapist, who was always there

Brooke blogs on how important it was for to have one person she could turn to throughout her recovery.

Posted on 09/03/2017

Useful contacts

Mind's services

  • Helplines – our Infoline and Legal Line provide information and support by phone, email and text. For all contact details and opening times, see our helplines page.
  • Local Minds – there are over 140 local Minds across England and Wales which provide services such as talking treatmentspeer support, and advocacy. Find your local Mind here, and contact them directly to see how they can help.
  • Elefriends is a supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. See our Elefriends page for details.

Beating the Blues

Computerised CBT available free through some NHS trusts to help manage depression and anxiety. You need a referral to use this site.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0161 705 4304

An interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy. It has an online register of accredited CBT therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 883 300

A membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice. It has an online directory of accredited counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK.

British Psychological Society (BPS)

0116 254 9568

Provides a list of chartered psychologists.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Reports and guidelines on various mental health problems and treatments.

NHS Choices

Find information and search for local services – including IAPT services.


24-hour helpline: 116 123 (freephone)
[email protected]

Emotional support for anyone feeling down or struggling to cope.

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

020 7014 9955

A professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. It has an online register of psychotherapists offering different talking treatments privately.


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