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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a type of talk therapy that focuses on changing negative patterns of thinking, behaviour and emotions. It is a relatively short-term treatment, usually lasting between 6 to 20 sessions, and is based on the principles of cognitive psychology. CBT is a well-researched and highly effective treatment for a range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders.

How CBT Works

CBT works by helping individuals identify and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs that are causing distress and impacting their daily lives. By replacing these negative thoughts with more positive, realistic ones, individuals can change their behavior and emotional responses. CBT also helps individuals develop coping skills and strategies to manage future stressors. The therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist and the individual, with a focus on practical problem-solving and goal-setting.

The CBT Process

The process of CBT typically involves the following steps:

  1. Assessment: The therapist will ask questions about your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and life experiences to understand your specific needs and goals.

  2. Education: The therapist will explain the principles of CBT and how it works, so you have a clear understanding of what to expect.

  3. Identifying negative thoughts: The therapist will help you identify negative thoughts and beliefs that are impacting your life.

  4. Challenging negative thoughts: The therapist will help you challenge these negative thoughts by questioning their validity and finding evidence to support more positive, realistic beliefs.

  5. Re-evaluating beliefs: The therapist will help you re-evaluate your beliefs and thoughts, and replace negative ones with more positive, balanced beliefs.

  6. Behavioural change: The therapist will work with you to change your behaviour and develop coping strategies to help you deal with future stressors.

  7. Maintenance: The therapist will help you develop a plan to maintain the changes you have made and continue to use the coping strategies you have learned.

CBT is a highly effective treatment for a range of mental health conditions and has been proven to produce long-lasting results. If you're struggling with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or an eating disorder, CBT may be a good treatment option for you.

If you're interested in exploring CBT further, it's important to find a qualified therapist who is experienced in the treatment. You can start by searching online for local therapists or contacting your health insurance provider for a referral.

 

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