Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Last updated: October 29th, 2022
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT, short for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. It follows structured sessions. It aims to bring to light negative or inaccurate thinking about certain life situations.
This is done to help the patient address several different mental health issues including depression, eating disorders, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), amongst others.
CBT can also be used by those who might not necessarily be suffering from a mental health issue. But still need help addressing certain situations in their lives.
Why do Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
The medical community considers CBT a very useful and helpful form of therapy. It offers a structured approach and generally requires fewer sessions to see results. Many people choose to undergo this kind of therapy to, among other things:
- help them take care of mental illness symptoms and avoid relapses,
- understand what kind of techniques can be employed to manage stress, and
- resolve relationship issues and communication problems
When should you do Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Your GP or another health professional might refer you to a CBT therapist. You can also approach a CBT therapist yourself for a consultation.
Due to the approach CBT takes, you should do CBT when you feel you’re ready to work on the issues you are facing. This is because this kind of therapy requires you to be an active participant. I.e. you will need to implement the changes discussed during the sessions yourself.
What is the usual CBT procedure?
The therapist will carry out the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in sessions. These are usually held once every week or two. Each session is typically no longer than one hour. With the entire treatment taking anywhere between 5 and 20 sessions in total.
During the session, the therapist will work with you on breaking down problems into separate issues. You will then examine in fine detail how these issues are impacting your life.
The therapist helps you figure out better ways to deal with the issues at hand. And what changes can you practice in your day-to-day life to better manage any problems you may encounter.
This kind of process will not only help you learn more about yourself. It will also provide you with the tools to be stronger and more assertive.