Does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) really change the way our brain works?

Research shows that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can really help us to rewire our brains.

The BBC have published a very interesting article which shows that primitive survival instincts like fear are processed in a part of the brain called the limbic system. This includes the amygdala, a region involved in the processing of emotion, and the hippocampus, a region involved in reliving traumatic memories.

Brain scan studies have shown that overactivity in these two regions returns to normal after a course of CBT in people with phobias.

What’s more, studies have found that CBT can also change the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain responsible for higher-level thinking.

Read the complete article on the BBC website.