Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Service provides treatment for a wide range of common mental health problems. These include depression, panic disorder, obssessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety, social phobia, specific phobias and post traumatic stress disorder.

What is CBT?

It is a way of talking about:

  • How you think about yourself, the world and other people
  • How what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.

CBT can help you to change how you think ("Cognitive") and what you do ("Behaviour)". These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the "here and now" problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.  

How to access the Service

Any adult living in Belfast who is experiencing a Common Mental Health Problem can be referred to this service for suitability. Individuals with a primary diagnosis of alcohol or drug dependence or psychosis are not deemed suitable for the service.

Referrals to this service can only be made by GPs or the Community Mental Health Team through One Point of Referral.


The service is based in:

There are also satellite clinics throughout Belfast. Clients may also be visited in their own home as part of the assessment and treatment process.