What is CBT?

CBT, known as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. As human being, our actions can affect how we think and feel. In CBT sessions the therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, their thinking patterns, or both of these. The therapist helps the client to identify unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour, and discover new more helpful ways of thinking and behaving.

CBT Effectiveness

There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders.

What can CBT help with?

NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:
  • Anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, behavioural difficulties in children, anxiety disorders in children, chronic pain, physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis, sleep difficulties, anger management CBT can be used if you are on medication which has been prescribed by your GP. You can also use CBT on its own. This will depend on the difficulty you want help with.



Amin is a fully qualified Counsellor and CBT psychotherapist working within Coventry and Birmingham. He is Accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) the lead organisation for CBT in the UK. As an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, Amin’s has worked and treated adults suffering from anxiety disorders – panic disorders and agoraphobia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, - spider, vomit, Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), health anxiety, social anxiety, depression, relationship and loss, suicidal thoughts self harm, low self esteem, bullying, chronic fatigue, trauma, low mood and stress, in both the NHS and private sector