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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is CBT helpful for?

CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of psychological therapy developed in the 1970s from a combination of behavioural strategies for mental health problems and cognitive therapy. Many clinical trials have been done on CBT and it has been proven to be effective for a range of anxiety problems, depression and other mental health problems.

 

CBT involves looking at the way you see the world, the thoughts that trouble you, and the way you act

(or avoid acting) when you are feeling sad or feeling scared of a situation.

 

The goals of CBT are alleviating distress, reducing or overcoming actions that are keeping the problem going, and improving your quality of life. Your CBT therapist will use the information you give them to design an individualised step-by-step plan for reducing your anxiety problem or depressed mood, or managing the symptoms of ADHD, with the ultimate goal of teaching you the skills you need to mange difficult emotions, and be able to make your own positive changes in your life.

 

CBT involves short homework tasks in between sessions, of a few minutes per day. Research shows that CBT is most effective when the client completes the homework, continuing the strategies learned during sessions.

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