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COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

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COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY (CBT)

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so”
Shakespeare (Hamlet)

The core principle of CBT is that people are not disturbed by things or events but by the views they take of them and the thinking ‘errors’ and negative thoughts that become habitual, leading to emotional distress and maladaptive behaviour.

During the first decade of the 21st century research and practice has shown that CBT techniques can be adapted for use with children and adolescents and can be very effective in the treatment, for example, of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. Several ‘manualised’ programmes such as ‘Coping Cat’ and ‘Think Good Feel Good’ have been published for use with primary school age and older children. Evaluations have demonstrated these approaches to be successful in treating such emotional disorders by combining cognitive (thinking) and behavioural techniques. Research has also shown CBT to be an effective approach in working with children and young people who have developmental disorders such as Asperger Syndrome where anxiety is frequently an associated problem.

The practice can provide CBT to children and young people who are experiencing emotional and behavioural problems including anxiety, phobias, depressed mood and traumatic stress.

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