Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of psychological treatment that helps adult, adolescents and children understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their behaviour. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of issues such as including phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety. CBT has been widely researched and generally regarded as the only talk-therapy that has shown proven results that change behaviour.
For the most part, cognitive behaviour therapy is short-term and focuses on helping clients deal with a specific issues. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behaviour. A psychologist or psychotherapist at our clinic may recommend that a client buy a specific CBT workbook as a companion to the work they do with their therapist.
The underlying concept behind CBT is that a person’s thoughts and feelings play an essential role in their behaviour. For example, a person who spends a lot of time worrying about their personal safety within the community, fixates on newspaper stories about crime in their city or fears they will experience panic attacks may find themselves avoiding public transportation or even going outside.
The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy is to teach clients that while they cannot control every aspect of the world around them, they can take control of how they interpret and deal with things in their environment.