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Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in Dundee

Our experienced professionals offer cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) at our Dundee centre.

CBT is a structured therapy approach which helps us address how we interpret and interact with the world around us. This is important because how we perceive the world and interact with it can result in low mood or depression, anxiety and upset. CBT involves identifying unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving, then developing strategies to modify them to enable change for the better. 

Is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) effective?

Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for a wide range of problems such as depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders and panic. CBT provides clients with skills and techniques to modify their thinking, behaviour and mood. Essentially clients become their own therapist, making problems less likely to return. There is much evidence to suggest that CBT is as effective as drug treatments for depression and anxiety.

Choosing a cognitive-behaviour therapist

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a popular therapy provided by cognitive behaviour therapists (CBT therapists) and psychologists at our First Psychology centre in Dundee.

There are many types of practitioner offering cognitive-behaviour therapy and each brings a different set of skills to therapy. The overall aim of all CBT therapy is to identify negative and unhelpful thoughts/beliefs and behaviours with a view to modifying and improving these for the better.

We believe it is important you feel comfortable with the CBT therapist or psychologist you choose so we have provided a detailed profile of all our highly qualified practitioners. In finding the right match for you, we hope you will get the maximum benefits from your CBT sessions with us.

If you would like to know more about cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or wish to book an initial CBT session, please contact us. We would be happy to hear from you.

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Cognitive-behaviour therapy – Frequently asked questions

How is CBT different to other ‘talking therapies’?

Cognitive behaviour therapy is different to other ‘talking therapies’, such as counselling, as it focuses on current issues and looks at how to resolve these in the present. Cognitive-behaviour therapy challenges our beliefs to bring about change.

Can my past affect how I think now?

Yes, early experiences affect our core beliefs about life and ourselves. If these are negative, they can lead to destructive behaviours and problems.

Do thoughts reflect reality?

Not always. We often make assumptions about other people that are wrong. For instance, we might assume we are boring people when they yawn but an alternative explanation is that they are just tired. We make assumptions about ourselves too based on our past experiences. These are not always helpful.

Why do I have to do ‘homework’ outside of the CBT session?

‘Homework’ benefits clients immensely by encouraging them to engage in positive and rewarding experiences. It provides the chance for clients to practise skills and techniques they have learnt. Homework does not usually take long.

Download CBT advice and resources (pdf)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) combines cognitive therapy and meditation techniques. It was designed to reduce relapse and recurrence of depression, but it has also been shown to help people with anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and insomnia.

Read more about mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

CBT resources

How do I find out more about cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) or make an appointment to see a CBT therapist of psychologist?

If you would like to know more about our CBT or MBCT services or wish to book an initial session with a cbt therapist or psychologist, please contact us.