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How does CBT work?
- CBT is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and behaviours are interconnected.
- CBT challenges people to identify unhelpful thoughts and evaluate evidence for and against them.
- This process allows problems to be addressed more realistically, and emotions to be proportional.
- Making a change in one of these areas can break the cycle and result in more helpful thinking patterns and behaviours.
- A course of CBT can be up to 20 sessions, usually once per week or fortnight, with each session lasting 30–60 minutes.
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Editorial adviser: Amanda C de C Williams, clinical psychologist and reader in clinical health psychology at University College London
Graphic: Wayne McLean