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What is CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is rooted within Behavioural approaches developed during the 1950s and 1960s by Eysenck and Wolpe and Cognitive approaches developed by Beck in 1970 and Elliss in 1977. CBT endorses the belief that how people feel and behave depends on the extent to which they are influenced by the meanings and interpretations associated with their thoughts, feelings and beliefs about themselves and their circumstances. CBT believes that behaviour maintains cognitions and change can be achieved through changing behaviour or obtaining a new view of a problem e.g. changing cognition therefore CBT focuses on how problems are maintained rather than what led to their development. CBT subscribes to rationalism, the idea that our feelings and behaviour originate from our thinking. The therapist will ask clients to explore the evidence of and against a certain belief or assumption helping to individuate processing errors.

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