Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a time-limited (e.g., 6 to 20 sessions), present-focused treatment that focuses on changing negative thoughts and behaviours. From a CBT framework, problematic thoughts (“I am unlovable”) lead to painful emotions (e.g., sadness, shame) that in turn lead to maladaptive behaviour (e.g., isolation). Therefore, the goals of CBT are to:
- Become aware of automatic thoughts and negative core beliefs
- Identify problematic patterns of behaviour and emotional responses
- Learn skills and strategies to change unhelpful thought patterns, emotions, and behaviours.
Through decades of scientific research, CBT is an evidence-based psychological treatment for anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain, disordered eating, anger issues, addiction, schizophrenia and psychotic disorders, and low self-esteem.