CBT is a talking therapy that can help manage problems by changing the way a child or young person thinks and behaves. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems. CBT cannot remove problems, but it can help to deal with them in a more positive way. It is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap a person in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help crack this cycle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing how to change these negative patterns to improve emotional well-being. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with current problems, rather than focusing on historical issues. It looks for practical ways to improve state of mind on a daily basis. CBT has been shown to be an effective way of treating a number of different mental health conditions.

In addition to depression or anxiety disorders, CBT can also help people with:

  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • panic disorder
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • phobias
  • eating disorders , such as anorexia and bulimia
  • sleep problems, such as insomnia
  • problems related to alcohol misuse

CBT is not time constrained and is individually led, The Link offer treatment as recommended by NICE guidelines and inline with evidence based practice for anxiety and depression.  Sessions are delivered in eight week blocks with regular reviews involving parents/guardians and all other involved agencies.