What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach which is used to treat a range of emotional difficulties, as well as the psychological impact of physical health problems. The CBT approach provides a model for understanding the relationships between our thoughts, feelings, behaviour or actions and how we physically feel within ourselves. Different CBT models have been developed for working with different issues or difficulties, but generally the approach focuses on developing a deeper understanding of the thought patterns and behaviours maintaining a problem. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can be used to treat a range of conditions (please see treatment section for further information).

Direct work with the individual includes assessment of their thoughts, behaviours, feelings and physical sensations, and how they interrelate. From this initial assessment a therapeutic plan is developed, to help them to overcome the problem or difficulty with which they’re struggling.

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Here at Spectrum Health, our Psychologists possess skills in a wide range of psychological assessments, as well as therapeutic approaches for helping children, young people and adults who are experiencing difficulties.

During CBT patients will be encouraged to explore the exact nature of their worrying thoughts and understand how these thoughts may influence how they feel and act. Our Psychologists may prompt you to view your worries in an alternative and more helpful way.

All of our Psychologists are fully qualified and hold current membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy may be appropriate to treat both emotional and physical difficulties. During your initial consultation, you and your Counselling Psychologist will decide the whether CBT is the best course of action. CBT can be powerful in treating the following: 

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