Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach that is widely recommended for problems such as low mood/depression, anxiety, worry and panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia and more. However access to such resources is often limited, and even with major investment in service redesign to increase access to psychological therapies, there remains a pressure on services to offer effective treatments to larger numbers of people. CBT can be offered in different ways including face to face delivery by an expert, however in many settings this is associated with waiting lists and high service delivery costs. National treatment guidelines recommend additional ways of delivering the CBT model. These include:
- Books (bibliotherapy)
- Computerised delivery (cCBT)
- Group treatment approach.
Each of these represents Low intensity CBT approaches that require less support from practitioners. The type of support also means the approach can be delivered by non-CBT experts and support workers including Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. Five Areas has produced a wide-ranging set of CBT resources that can be used across the low and high intensity steps, and are highly experienced in working with teams to introduce and maximise the benefits of working in these ways.