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Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT)

Thank you for accessing our pages on Digital Therapies, here at computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT), we do hope you navigate your way to what you are looking for.

Our Team at computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) have created these pages for you, our Patients and also for our colleagues in Primary and Secondary Care.

These pages showcase the benefits that Digital Therapies are providing throughout the entire NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde areas.

The sections will allow ease of navigation for you to learn more about the digital therapies available and how easy they are to access via a laptop; pc or smart phone.

We also have a section for our GP colleagues on how to refer their patients to our Digital Therapy Programmes, either Beating the Blues or the tailored solutions available from SilverCloud.

We hope you find this information valuable.

Should you have any queries, our team can be contacted via their dedicated email address: -

Do you require Urgent Help?

Please immediately call 999 and request Urgent assistance.

  • NHS 24 – 111 (available 24/7) or
  • Samaritans – 116 123 (available 24/7)
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What is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

It is a time-sensitive, structured form of psychotherapy, which has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety, as well as a range of other psychological disorders.

The central concept of CBT is that our emotions, thoughts, physical reactions and behaviours are all linked and affect each other. A client’s thoughts and behaviours can be changed, which will in turn alter their mood.

CBT is:

Present-focused - It does not look in-depth at the client’s history, childhood or the root causes of their problems, focusing instead on their current situation and how their problems are being perpetuated day-to-day.

Goal-directed - CBT asks the patient to set goals and use them as motivation to keep moving forward. It concentrates on what the patient can do here and now to make changes in their lives.

Collaborative - CBT recognises the user/patient as the expert on their own life. The therapist and patient work together to choose appropriate techniques and fit them into their life, troubleshooting any problems along the way. 

With computerised CBT, the user is offered a range of modules to work through at their own pace, they are then supported by the cCBT Team with 3 weekly reviews when using our SilverCloud modules.

Psychoeducational - CBT teaches users how to identify their emotions and evaluate and challenge maladaptive thoughts and beliefs. It equips them with a set of skills to deal with their symptoms through productive behaviours.

Homework-based – Patients are encouraged to try things out for themselves and practice new alternative ways of thinking and acting. CBT techniques are the most effective when clients practice what they learn and apply it to real-life.

Our cCBT programmes can be accessed at your own pace and can be used on tablets; laptops’ pc’s and smart phones (either Android/Samsung or Apple devices).

cCBT Digital Therapy - Beating the Blues

Beating the Blues is a very popular digital therapy programme, and patients are referred via their own GP when they are diagnosed with mild to moderate depression.

The referring GP will retain Clinical Responsibility throughout their patient’s online journey.

Accessing this programme is very user friendly, and our cCBT Team will provide all the necessary information to get you started.

We also have technical support from the Beating the Blues Team if you ever encounter any issues.

SilverCloud – Digital Therapy Programmes

What is SilverCloud?

SilverCloud provides convenient secure access anywhere anytime to evidence-based online treatments to help you manage depression and/or stress and anxiety.

You will work through a series of topics to address specific needs.

This course is designed to be completed in your own time at your own pace. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness and positive psychology, SilverCloud is both interactive and flexible.

Our cCBT Team will act as your supporters and will be there at regular intervals (approximately every 3 weeks) to encourage and guide you through the modules and sign-post you to resources within the programme that may be particularly relevant to you.

The programme can be run on a desktop or laptop computer, a smartphone (internet-enabled mobile phone) or tablet device.

How to use SilverCloud?

We recommend using SilverCloud for 10-15 minutes 3 or 4 times a week (for a total of 40-60 minutes per week) over 6-8 weeks.

You should aim to complete modules at a regular time where possible and when you have some quiet time to yourself.

As with most things, it may take time and practice to make progress.

SilverCloud have several digital therapy programmes, tailor made to help you with your digital mental health journey.  The supported programmes available are:-

  • Space from Health Anxiety
  • Space from Social Anxiety
  • Space from OCD (new)
  • Space from Phobia (new)
  • Space from Panic (new)
  • Space from Chronic Pain
  • Space from Coronary Heart Disease
  • Space from Diabetes
  • Space from Lung Conditions
  • Space from Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Space from Perinatal Wellbeing (new)

Benefits of cCBT for Patients

  • Free, with a strong evidence base
  • Can be used in conjunction with other treatments (e.g., therapy, medication).
  • Broadens access to psychological therapy: people who cannot leave their homes (e.g., shielding or anxiety from COVID-19)
  • Provides access to digital therapy for anyone who cannot speak to their clinician in-depth about their issues, they can still access help.
  • No wait times
  • 4,089 patients, on average, from January to August 2021 began treatment within one week
  • This is compared to the 18 week target for standard treatments (NHS, 2020).
  • Promotes independence for patients
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are common perpetuating factors in depression and anxiety.

Self-Referral Programmes

Within NHS GG & C, we benefit from having access to 2 self-referral programmes, this means you do not need to go via your own GP.

The 2 programmes are:-

  • Sleepio – for sleep problems
  • Daylight – for anxiety

You can self-refer to both of these programmes, please follow the instructions below.


Please click on the link it will take you to the following page:


Click on the Start Sleepio and complete the questionnaire then follow the instructions to set up your account.

Self-Referral - Daylight

Please click on the link it will take you to the following page:

Last Updated: 18 January 2022