Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or CBT is a time-limited, structured treatment approach that research has shown to be effective in treating a wide range of difficulties. CBT focuses on taking a closer look at your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and what you do (your behaviour) in certain situations. CBT is based on the premise that what we think and do affects the way we feel; thus our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected and influence each other. When we are experiencing difficulties such as anxiety or low mood, we can often fall into particular types of problematic thinking and responding that can make us feel worse.

 

During CBT your psychologist will help you identify what sort of unhelpful 'thinking & doing' patterns you are in and then helps you change these patterns  through a variety of techniques. In this way, CBT is an active therapy and you will work with your psychologist each week to identify what skills to practice between the sessions.

CBT focuses on difficulties in the here and now rather than resolving past issues from your childhood. However, your psychologist will spend some time with you collaboratively developing an understanding of your difficulties, and that may involve discussed your childhood to get a sense of how unhelpful patterns may have developed.

Other types of therapeutic approaches we specialise in are: