Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an umbrella term that covers many forms of behavioural- and cognitive therapies. They have in common that they in some form address dealing with thoughts, emotions, behaviours, physiological symptoms and relevant things within the environment.

Forms of CBT with a focus on behavioural interventions are discovering a resurgence, as can be seen with Acceptance- and Commitment Therapy. The aim is to change behaviours in order to attain effective change whilst changing the relationship with one’s thoughts (not the thoughts themselves). Behavioural therapies have the advantage of not being as manualised as many Cognitive Therapies are in the United Kingdom.

Manualised forms of CBT such as those practised in the NHS focus on declaring a diagnosis and then following a manual which instructs what to cover from sessions to session. Mental health problems however can be understood as complex systems with related values on a continuum that are interacting with each other. Manualised approaches will not be able to capture such complexity since they enforce a singular understanding.

Forms of CBT such as the UCL case formulation model understand this and therefore use principles from behaviourism and other forms of CBT to create a tailored approach for clients. This tailored approach can be more effective but is also harder to achieve, as tailored approaches will of course be harder to formulate than a cookie cutter approach.

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