Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Young People

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is primarily a talking therapy. Many of our young people’s therapists use elements of CBT in their work, integrating it with more creative, person centred and psychodynamic models.  CBT is well researched and has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in young people. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act.  In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and young person work together in changing the young person’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these.

CBT can help with:

  • anxiety issues (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • depression
  • obsessive compulsive disorder
  • schizophrenia and psychosis
  • bipolar disorder

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other difficulties, including:

  • chronic fatigue
  • behavioural difficulties
  • chronic pain
  • physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
  • sleep difficulties
  • anger management