Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies and Autism

Cognitive and behavioural therapies are based on the way you think (cognitive) and/or the way you behave (behavioural).

These therapies recognise that it is possible to change your thoughts or behaviours to overcome specific problems.

Behavioural Therapy

Behavioural therapy focuses on an individual's learnt, or conditioned, behaviour and how this can be changed.

More information: pleasee see section on Behavioural Interventions

Cognitive therapy

Cognitive therapy deals with thoughts and perceptions, and how these can affect feelings and behaviour. By reassessing negative thoughts an individual can learn more flexible, positive ways of thinking, which can ultimately affect their feelings and behaviour towards those thoughts.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combines cognitive and behavioural therapies. The approach focuses on thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions, and teaches clients how each one can have an affect on the other.

CBT is often used to deal with a number of issues, including depression, anxiety and phobias.

More information on cognitive behavioural training and autism

Mindfulness Training

Mindfulness training (also known as mindfulness exercises, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy or MBCT) are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga.

More information on mindfulness training and autism

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14 Jun 2018