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How Can I Access CBT?

Research has shown that CBT is an effective treatment for a huge range of conditions including: depression, anxiety, panic, trauma (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), pain, tinnitus, and many more. This page will give you some information about how to access CBT.

Finding A Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

To find an appropriately trained cognitive behavioral therapist the best place to start is the CBT accrediting body in your country – they will maintain a list of trained therapists.

For more information see the finding a CBT therapist page

Psychological Self-Help

Many people are unable to access face to face therapy, or have other reasons for wanting to manage by themselves. If this is the case then psychological self-help is a great option. The Psychology Tools website can teach you the key points of CBT self-help. If you have already completed this self-help section and want to explore CBT further then you can buy books which have a general CBT focus, or those which tackle specific problems. Similarly, there are online CBT courses that work for multiple conditions, as well as those which target particular concerns. The important thing is that all of these options will challenge you to start thinking and acting differently. We have listed some good options below:

  • Psychology Tools publishes a selection of self-help books and audio collections which are available to purchase directly from the website.
  • A classic CBT workbook with a general focus is Mind Over Mood by Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky. If you would prefer an ACT approach then Get Our Of Your Mind And Into Your Life by Steven Hayes is well-regarded.
  • Our favourite book series by other publishers which target specific difficulties include the Treatments That Work books from Oxford University Press, and the Overcoming series published by Robinson.
  • In addition to books there is an accumulating range of online CBT courses. We like the evidence base supporting This Way Up, but MoodGym and Beating The Blues are also highly regarded.

Does It Work?

Often when people ask ‘does it work?’ what they mean is ‘can it help me?’. The answer is that CBT is a very effective form of therapy. Research has shown that it is an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, and many other conditions. Both therapist-guided CBT and self-help CBT have been shown to be effective. For CBT to be effective though, you have to want to change – your motivation, and your willingness to do things that might feel uncomfortable in the short term, are big predictors of how effective it can be.