What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)? 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It can help people who are experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties.


What people think can affect how they feel and how they behave. This is the basis of CBT. During times of distress, people think differently about themselves and what happens to them. Thoughts can become extreme and unhelpful. This can worsen how a person feels. They may then behave in a way that prolongs their distress.

CBT practitioners help each person to identify and change their extreme thinking and unhelpful behaviours. In doing this the result is often a major improvement in how a person feels and lives.


CBT is recognised as the treatment of choice by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for most depression and anxiety related problems.

When can CBT help?

CBT can be helpful in the following situations;

  • Depression (including post-natal depression)

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (often known as excessive worry)

  • Panic and Agoraphobia

  • Specific phobias

  • Social phobia

  • Bulimia and binge eating

  • Health anxiety

  • Self esteem issues and

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

CBT can also be very beneficial for pain management in cases of long term and chronic pain and is particularly effective when applied alongside therapy with our osteopaths or physiotherapists. 

What other type of techniques are used?

  • Walking and talking therapy

  • Compassion focussed therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

  • Mindfulness

Julie Colthorpe

Julie has over 35 years experience in healthcare and is a trained therapist.

She believes in an personal approach, so it can helpful to talk to Julie prior to treatment.