Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a present-focused talking therapy that has large amounts of research-based evidence for its use with a variety of mental health concerns. CBT is typically focused on examining how our current thoughts, feelings and behaviour (and often body sensations) impact our wellbeing. The beauty of using the CBT framework within therapy is that it provides a clear and logical explanation that “makes sense” of the person’s experience.
CBT has been indicated as supportive for many mental health challenges including (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, phobias or fears, anger management difficulties, low self-esteem, addiction to behaviours (e.g. gambling) or substances, relationship problems, and eating disorders.
It typically draws on education about the area of challenge, setting goals, problem solving difficulties and practising skills between sessions. Examination of unhelpful thinking styles and the process of challenging to change them allows people to feel they have more control in a situation that may be overwhelming.
While CBT is evidence-based and outcome-focused, results are person dependent. A willingness to actively engage in the therapy session, engage in problem solving skills and then practise the skills learnt in session, is helpful to provide the best possible environment for change. Similarly, CBT is short-term focused however it is important to note that it is not necessarily a quick fix. While some result may be seen quickly others may take longer periods of time. Talk to your therapist about your expectations of CBT and anticipated outcomes that you may see.
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