Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims to help children change how they think, how they feel and how they act. CBT uses techniques to help the child look at their thoughts, feelings and behaviours to decide if they are unrealistic or unhelpful, and how they affect each other.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is of clear benefit for the intervention of depression, anxiety, explosive behaviour and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
CBT is most effective for those children who have both the capacity and the preference for monitoring and managing their own behaviour. It is therefore more likely to make the most impact for high-functioning individuals (with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder) who are 8 years and older.
CBT can be done individually or with a group of children.