Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is used for a range of issues in CAMHS. It is used to try to understand what is happening in the "here and now" to see what you would like to change.

Together with your therapist, you will explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and how they are all connected. You will learn skills in the sessions that you can practice when you go home.

What happens in sessions?

The sessions will usually be one to one, but sometimes we invite parents or other people in your life in if it is useful for them to join in to help you continue the work at home.

There will be an agenda that you discuss at the start of the meeting so that you are prepared for what will happen in the session, and you can add what you want to talk about as well. CBT tends to be goal based, so you are aiming for something specific to change in your life.

What else do I need to know?

Making changes takes time, and one hour each week is not enough, so your therapist will give you tasks to complete at home in between meetings. This could be keeping a diary of your thoughts to discuss at the next session, or testing out new things to see what happens. This is all agreed between the two of you and is at your pace.

You might be asked to fill out some forms called "outcome measures". These are always kept confidential, and they help to track your progress from start to finish, and its quite good to see how far you can come from when you first come to CAMHS.

More information is available on the RCPsych website

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