What is a Cognitive Behavioural Approach?

The cognitive behavioural approach is based on scientific principles from various psychological models of human emotion and behaviour. Research has shown the cognitive behavioural approach is effective for a wide range of problems. The practitioner and client form a collaborative partnership in order to understand the relationship between ones thoughts, feelings and behaviours and the inter-relationship of these within the environment.

The cognitive behavioural approach is unique because it can be transferred into many different settings as the underlying principles are based on normal human functioning within various environments. This means that the approach can be utilised in workplace environments as well as more clinical and therapeutic settings. However, it is just as important for the cognitive behavioural approach to be delivered by trained practitioners within the workplace as it is in the clinical field. An understanding of the cognitive, emotional, behavioural, physical and environmental sciences is paramount if the cognitive behavioural approach is to be delivered successfully.

The approach is educational in nature as it helps the client formulate their problem in a structured and meaningful way, thereby using this insight to promote positive change and well-being through effective goal setting and coping responses. It empowers the individual and helps them regain some form of control over areas in their life they felt they had little or no control over.

In order to gain a deeper understanding of how this approach is effective please refer to the case studies, self help materials and literature throughout this web site.


Further Reading
Guided Self-Help Materials

Working Minds provides a range of cognitive behavioural self-help material, which can be downloaded in a PDF format.
These include:



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