Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

What is cognitive behavioural therapy?

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) helps you to identify how your thoughts and behaviour impact on your mental and physical wellbeing. The aim is to develop more balanced thinking patterns and change unhelpful behaviour patterns that may be causing you on-going anxiety.

Unlike some of Thinkaction’s other talking therapies, CBT focuses on the ‘here and now’; instead of focusing on what caused your distress in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.

What is CBT good for?

If you have any of these problems CBT can help:

CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself or physical health problems like pain or fatigue.


How does CBT work?

At Thinkaction, your mental health practitioner will work with you to change unhelpful behaviour and thinking patterns and learn how to practice a more effective way of coping.

We offer you the choice of individual or group CBT.


If you have individual therapy:

  • You will usually meet with our highly-trained Thinkaction therapist for 30-60 minutes once a week
  • Courses last from four to sixteen sessions
  • Your practitioner may ask you questions about your past life and how your current problems came about. However, in CBT, the focus is on the current problem, what’s allowing it to continue and how you can manage it more effectively
  • It’s up to you and your therapist to decide the most effective use of your time together

When life gets too much we can help get you through

Call us on 0300 012 0012.
Ask your GP to refer you.
Text TALK to 82085.

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