What are the key factors of cognitive-behavioural therapy?
CBT ensures that the patient is actively involved, has a sense of control, and learns skills that are useful throughout life. Also, during CBT individuals learn skills during therapy sessions, but they must repeatedly practice to see improvement. Research shows that anxiety affects 10% of all children and disrupts educational, socio-emotional development and overall functioning of the child and family. CBT attempts to work on changing negative thought patterns and behaviours that lead to a worsening of the problem, CBT also works on relaxation skills; which is where mindfulness will be brought into the sessions. The National Institute for Health and Care recommends mindfulness, stating that it aids in the prevention of depression; linked to anxiety. Research by Galante, Iribarren and Pearce shows that mindfulness can reduce relapse rates by 40%, holding substance as a long-term strategy.