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What is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT Therapist)?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which aims to help people manage their difficulties by adapting and responding differently to the way they think, feel and do things. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems. 

Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapists are trained to assess and support adults, children and young people who have a variety of difficulties, including common mental health problems, long term health conditions and more complex difficulties. CBT therapists use evidence based treatments that have been developed using research. They have special training and skills as well as experience to work with people. If they are on our Register they have shown that they meet high standards of training and clinical work. Our Register includes CBT practitioners who are accredited Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapists (REBT) - you can find out more information here.

CBT may be done on a one-to-one or in groups, and sometimes with couples. Cognitive Behaviour Therapists work within a variety of settings including NHS services, third sector and private organisations or as independent practitioners.

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