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Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in Glasgow

CBT, cognitive-behaviour therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy (all names for the same therapy) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) are both available at First Psychology Centre, Glasgow.

Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) is an approach that suggests the ways we think and interpret situations are important in how we feel and behave. It proposes we often have unhelpful negative or unrealistic ideas about ourselves and the world around us that can make us feel low, anxious or upset.

What is cognitive-behaviour therapy?

Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) focuses on thoughts and helps develop strategies to enable change.

When working with a cognitive-behaviour therapist or psychologist using cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), the focus of therapy is on recognising the thoughts we have and how they relate to what we feel or do, and then developing strategies to think more positively or realistically to help us feel better and enable change.

Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) is a structured talking therapy

Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) is a ‘talking therapy’ like counselling, but it is more structured and places greater emphasis on techniques to understand why we feel the way we do and then to make changes accordingly. This often means clients undertaking specific tasks or activities outwith sessions, such as keeping a note of situations that seem to invoke feelings of distress (such as anxiety) or trying out new ways of doing things to see if what we believe/fear actually comes true. These are called ‘experiments’.

What issues/problems can cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) help with?

Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) can help improve low mood, anxiety, panic, phobia and other difficulties.

Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) has been shown to be an effective way of improving low mood, dealing with anxiety/panic/phobia and in managing a whole range of other difficulties. It often lasts between 6-20 sessions, which normally start with weekly meetings and then gradually reduce in frequency as things improve. CBT is a popular approach when provided by experienced cognitive-behaviour therapists or psychologists, although it is often used in combination with a more counselling-style way of working. 

To read about a client who benefited from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) click here.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is a combination of cognitive therapy and meditation techniques. It has been specifically developed to reduce relapse and recurrence of depression. It also has been shown to help people with anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and insomnia.

Read more about mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

Find out more

To find out more about cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) or mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) at our Glasgow centre or to book an initial session with one of our experienced practitioners, please contact us.