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Posted Sep 22 2010 12:00pm

Cognitive Therapy was first developed by a medical doctor, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst called Aaron Beck, from America. He put it together in the middle of the 1960's after being certain that he was not getting enough improvement with his patients through analysis.

Cognitive therapy is all about learning how our thoughts create our moods. By using Cognitive therapy we can recognize and reassess these patterns of negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. Basically, it aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act.

Chronic pain can soon make you feel depressed and cognitive therapy can help a depressed person to recognise which life problems are critical, and which are minor. By talking about your problems it can help you to change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour) which can help you feel better about life. Cognitive Therapy is not going to take the pain away but helps you to deal with the situation which is making you unhappy and depressed.

It is so well recognized now, that it is available on the NHS.

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