Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term goal based therapy that aims to help people change their thinking so that, consequently, they feel and act differently too. With this collaborative treatment approach, it is believed that situations alone do not determine how people will feel. CBT suggests that psychological problems arise as a result of the way in which we interpret or evaluate situations, thoughts and feelings, as well as our behaviours.

By changing how you think about things you will change the way you feel and react. Some common techniques used in the structured CBT approach include, self-monitoring, cognitive challenging and behavioural experiments. Using these techniques, you can then track your feelings and keep a diary, work to create alternative views of situations, thoughts or feelings you experience, or test out new ways of looking at the world by trying things you once avoided.

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The goals of CBT

Learn healthier ways of coping with distressing thoughts
Adjust thinking to develop a more positive and productive approach
Change attitudes and behavior by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that are held
Reduce avoidance or other problematic behaviours, such as alcohol and substance abuse
Reduce anxiety, depression and avoidance
Get back to doing the things you enjoy
Problem-solve worries
Improve both mood and overall quality of life

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