What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a practical, short-term form of talk therapy that can help improve your mood and your situation. It is goal oriented and focuses on solving current problems while teaching specific skills that improve unhelpful thinking and behaviours. Evidence favours CBT as one of the most effective therapy approaches that reduces symptoms related to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and relationship problems in a short period of time.

Putting The Puzzle Together

How It Works
The Cognitive Model describes the relationship between people’s thinking and their reactions. It is based on the idea that you feel the way you think so, when you change how you think, most often, you can change how you feel. CBT focuses on the problems that come up in your day-to-day life. CBT techniques help to examine how you make sense of what is happening around you and how these perceptions affect the way you feel and behave so you can start making changes right away. When using CBT, we will do lots of problem solving during our sessions together and borrow from a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities, including Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

 

Material on this page has been selected and modified from Beck Institute, Foundation for Cognitive Therapy and Research.