Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
The last 20 years has seen an explosion of research into Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). It has become the treatment choice of many disorders as it has been proven to quickly reduce people’s suffering. This has been achieved through the method of a collaborative therapeutic alliance of client and therapist, goal and agenda setting, and homework tasks.
What is CBT?
CBT is a type of psychotherapy, or talking therapy, commonly used in treating anxiety, depression and other mental problems. It can also help an individual deal with grief, reduce stress and handle complicated relationships. It works on the concept that modification of a person’s beliefs, actions, and feelings can enable them to better face different life challenges.
In CBT, a person is taught by a CBT therapist how to identify, challenge, and get rid of negative thoughts. Practical self-help strategies are introduced to bring about positive changes in a person’s life. CBT is a goal-oriented and problem-specific approach requiring the active involvement of the individual. The focus is on current challenges, behaviours, and thoughts.
Issues CBT can address:
- General anxiety (and other anxiety disorders)
- Uncontrollable anger
- Poor self-esteem
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol abuse and related problems
- Relationship problems
- Irrational fear
Why we use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
1. Highly Effective and Reputable
CBT is well-known and widely used around the world. It has been studied extensively, with a massive wave of evidence confirming that it is highly effective at treating varying mental health conditions.
2. Varied Forms
The structured nature of cognitive behaviour therapy allows it to be provided in various formats. It can be in apps, self-help books, and groups. Furthermore, CBT can impart practical strategies which may be useful in everyday life.
3. Effective Method of Treatment
CBT uses a collaborative therapeutic approach with therapist and client working closely together to set the agenda for the session and the goals to be achieved. It involves at-home tasks and log keeping.
4. Helpful Where Medicine Wasn’t
CBT may be helpful in cases when medication has not worked at all. This type of therapy may also be completed in a shorter time compared with other types of talking therapy.