Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Clients and therapists work together to identify and understand problems in terms of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The approach usually focuses on the ‘here and now’ and relies on a shared view of the problem which leads to identification of personalised, time-limited therapy goals and strategies which are continually monitored and evaluated.

This programme is available for inpatients and day patients.

  • What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological approach based on scientific principles that is effective for a wide range of mental health issues. CBT has a robust evidence base.

    CBT involves understanding problems in terms of the relationship between feelings, thoughts and behaviours.  CBT focuses on what factors might maintain problems in the ‘here and now’. It also looks to the past to identify what beliefs from the past might be keeping problems going currently.

    CBT is a brief, active, structured and goal focused therapy, it involves 50-60 minute sessions weekly or fortnightly over  8-15 sessions.

  • How effective is CBT?

    CBT has been found to be effective in treating the following mental health issues:

    • Depression:
      • Mild–moderate Depression
      • Some presentations of severe Depression
    • Anxiety Disorders:
    • Phobias: specific phobia, Agoraphobia, Social phobia
    • Panic Disorder
    • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Health Anxiety
    • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Habit Disorders
    • Sexual difficulties
    • Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating
    • Low self esteem
    • Medically unexplained symptoms: Chronic pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • Sleep problems
    • Anger problems
  • Accessing CBT at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

    Our CBT service is available at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services

    • The Dean Clinics
    • Dean Sandyford
    • Dean Lucan
    • Dean Galway
    • Dean Cork
    • St Patrick’s University Hospital
    • St Patrick's, Lucan
  • CBT referral process

    Any inpatient or anyone attending a Dean Clinic or Associate Dean Consultant can be referred to CBT. CBT can also be accessed by people over 18 without the need to be under the care of a St Patrick's Mental Health Services' Consultant Psychiatrist, via GP referral.

    Those under the age of 18 will require assessment by an St Patrick's Mental Health Services' Consultant Psychiatrist to assess suitability for CBT. 

    Fee: €150 per session. We ask that you inform those referred of the fee prior to attending. Medical responsibility is retained by referring GP  / referring Doctor.  

Support and Information

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01 249 3333

Referral and Assessment Service

Contact us for queries regarding referrals to our service.

01 249 3635 Referrals & Admissions