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Jul252010

Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT aims to help people by identifying and modifying any unhelpful ways that they think (the cognitive) and act (the behaviour). It is generally a short-term form of psychotherapy based on the idea that the way we think about things affects how we feel emotionally. In CBT, the focus is usually on an individual’s current thought content, behaviours, problem solving skills and communication skills rather than on past experiences. This form of psychotherapy can be used to manage and treat a wide range of problems such as depression, generalised anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorders, addictions and personality problems. Usually CBT involves the use of written or verbal exercises or behavioural tasks that are individually developed as a part of your individual treatment plan. Commonly these tasks are initiated during session but are then used for ‘homework’ strategies to help you apply these skills in your everyday life.

The CBT therapy model has shown to be a very effective type of psychological treatment in outcome studies conducted over the past several decades.