Cognitive or Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is a brief structured psychotherapy which is often as effective as medication for the treatment of moderate anxiety, PTSD and depression and sleep problems. It is sometimes more helpful than medication in preventing relapse of these problems but the best results are usually when CBT and medication is combined. Most patients report improvements after 2 sessions and a course of therapy is between 6 and 16 sessions.
Patients make most progress if they are committed to working on difficulties between sessions and are usually asked to do so and report back each week.
This therapy helps an awareness of the connections between our environment, our thoughts emotions, physical symptoms and behaviours. It is widely regarded as the first line treatment for depression anxiety and PTSD.