CBT explores the relationship between your thoughts and behaviour. The theory suggests that often the problem isn't rooted in the events themselves, but instead it is the meaning that you attach to those events that creates a negative effect. It is thought that negative thinking patterns can start in early childhood or they can be the result of previous negative experiences which then become fixed and automatic.
CBT will explore these automatic thoughts and judge their validity in current difficult situations. You will be invited to keep records of your thoughts and test them, as well as trying new ways of thinking and behaving in given situations. You will be helped to see yourself in a more positive light and will come away with new strategies to help you cope long after your therapy has finished.
For CBT to have a positive impact, you'll need to be committed to the process and willing to participate in out-of-session assignments. These centre on recording your thoughts and behaviours and trying new ways of thinking. Sessions are very structured.
Therapy usually lasts between 6 and 20 sessions.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy sessions last for 50 minutes each.