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

Therapy turned my life around

Dolly blogs about her successful therapy

Posted on 26/03/2010

Being diagnosed with depression

Posted on 25/09/2013

Useful contacts

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.


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

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


24-hour helpline: 116 123 (freephone)

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.


This information was published in February 2015. We will revise it in 2018.

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