Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely known and utilized forms of psychotherapy that can help you understand and change negative patterns of thinking and behaviour. At its core, CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected. By changing the way you think about situations, you can change how you feel and behave. In CBT sessions, you’ll work collaboratively with your therapist to identify and challenge distorted thoughts, develop healthier thinking patterns, and learn practical coping skills.

Strive Counselling's CBT helps individuals manage and reduce symptoms of various mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety.

What can CBT help with?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely used, evidence-based therapeutic approach that can effectively treat a variety of psychological conditions. Here are some of the primary conditions CBT is known to address:

Depression

Helps identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to feelings of sadness and hopelessness.

Anxiety

Teaches coping strategies to manage excessive worry and fear, promoting relaxation and healthier thinking.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Assists in processing and reducing the impact of traumatic memories, decreasing symptoms like flashbacks and hypervigilance.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Aids in challenging and reducing obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors through exposure and response prevention techniques.

Addiction and Substance Use

Helps identify triggers for substance use and develop alternative coping strategies to prevent relapse.

Eating Disorders

Addresses distorted thoughts about body image and food, promoting healthier eating habits and attitudes.

Sleep Disorders

Teaches good sleep hygiene and techniques to manage insomnia and other sleep-related issues.

Stress and Anger Management

Provides tools to manage stress and anger more effectively, reducing its impact on daily life and overall well-being.

Phobias

Uses gradual exposure to feared objects or situations to reduce irrational fears and avoidance behaviors.

The CBT Process

1. Assessment and Goal Setting

The therapist assesses the client’s issues and collaborates with the client to set specific, achievable goals for therapy.

2. Education and Conceptualization

The therapist educates the client about the CBT model, explaining how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are interconnected.

3. Identifying Negative Thoughts and Behaviors

The client learns to identify and monitor negative or distorted thoughts and unhelpful behaviors that contribute to their issues.

4. Cognitive Restructuring

The therapist helps the client challenge and reframe negative thoughts, promoting more balanced and realistic thinking.

5. Behavioral Activation and Skills Training

The client engages in activities to improve mood and learns new coping skills to handle stress and solve problems effectively.

6. Review and Relapse Prevention

Progress is reviewed regularly, and strategies are developed to maintain improvements and prevent relapse after therapy ends.

CBT is a collaborative and interactive process, with both therapist and client actively participating in the treatment. The duration of therapy can vary but is typically time-limited, lasting from a few weeks to several months, depending on the individual’s needs and goals.

Strive Counselling's CBT Therapy. CBT is a collaborative and interactive process, with both therapist and client actively participating in the treatment.

Learn More About The Process

If you’re looking for a structured, evidence-based approach to improving your well-being, CBT could be the right option for you. All of our therapists at Strive Counselling have a foundational understanding of CBT techniques, and much of our work is conceptualized from the understanding of how our thoughts, behaviours and emotions are interconnected.

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