Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based, short-term form of psychotherapy/treatment that focuses on the here-and-now and day-to-day problems that we encounter in life. CBT helps people develop skills and strategies to manage problems and enhance their overall wellbeing and health. CBT is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety and depression. Research indicates that individuals experiencing depression and/or anxiety are less likely to relapse if they have been treated by CBT. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is also an effective treatment for problems such as chronic pain, anger issues, addiction, eating disorders and low self-esteem.
CBT focuses on the cognitions (thoughts) and behaviours that impact how we feel (i.e. anxious or depressed). When looking at depression or anxiety, for example, the premise is that we feel depressed or anxious because we are having thoughts and/or behaving in ways that lend itself to depressive or anxious symptoms. CBT entails identifying the thoughts and behaviours that perpetuate anxiety or depression and learning new ways of thinking and behaving that alleviate distress. CBT allows you to look at issues and problems in a different way and teaches you coping skills to deal with the issues and problems that you face in your life. CBT is solution-focused and goal-oriented treatment that will assist you in managing your problems and enhancing your overall health.
Check out the following video on CBT