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Personalisation enhances the helpfulness of CBT by adapting therapeutic approaches to the needs of each individual, to create a more relevant and useful therapeutic experience. The adaptation of therapeutic activities to meet the specific needs, preferences, and circumstances of the individual in therapy offers a more relevant therapeutic experience. This approach differs from a standardised method.

Key Features and Benefits

Personalising CBT can significantly improve therapeutic outcomes by:

  1. Improving engagement and motivation, as the therapy is more relatable and applicable to the individual.
  2. Addressing specific issues and challenges unique to the individual, which can lead to improved problem-solving mechanisms.
  3. Making therapy more sustainable, by integrating it into the person’s daily routine and preferences.

Convenience and Flexibility

Personalised CBT is designed to fit into the individual’s lifestyle, making it more accessible and easier to maintain over time. This approach can involve adjusting session times, formats (e.g., in-person, online), and therapeutic activities to align with the individual’s needs.

Therapeutic Benefits

By focusing on the individual’s specific issues, personalised CBT can lead to more meaningful progress and sustained improvements in mental health. It allows for a better understanding of the individual’s experiences and challenges, facilitating better interventions.


Implementing personalisation in CBT can involve several approaches:

  1. Conducting a thorough initial assessment to understand the individual’s history, preferences, and current challenges.
  2. Collaboratively setting goals and choosing interventions that work with the individual’s values and lifestyle.
  3. Regularly reviewing and adjusting the therapeutic approach based on the individual’s progress and feedback.


What is personalisation in CBT?
Personalisation in CBT refers to adapting therapeutic approaches to meet the specific needs and circumstances of the individual undergoing therapy.
Why is personalisation important in CBT?
Personalisation improves the relevance, usefulness and outcomes of CBT by addressing the individual’s unique challenges. This often leads to better engagement.
How is personalisation implemented in CBT?
Personalisation is implemented through thorough assessments, collaborative goal-setting, and ongoing adjustments to the therapeutic approach based on the individual’s feedback and progress.


  1. Customizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: Benefits and Drawbacks
  2. Personalizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Meet the Needs of Individuals with Anxiety and Depression
  3. American Psychological Association – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision