Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
60 minutes | $125.00
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a practical, goal-oriented form of psychotherapy where the client and therapist work closely together to find solutions to a specific problem or condition. CBT is so effective because it addresses the root cause of a problem or condition, not just the symptoms. Clients learn to distinguish between thoughts, feelings, physical reactions and behaviours, and, to apply this knowledge in their daily lives. Clients can expect long-lasting positive change through CBT.
Is CBT right for me?
CBT, like all therapies, may be an excellent choice for some, and not for others. When making your decision, it is helpful to consider the following:
CBT usually requires a minimum of 12 sessions
Homework is required outside of therapy sessions (keeping thought records)
CBT deals with present situations
CBT is interactive; clients are active participants in creating solutions for their lives
History of CBT
CBT was first developed in the 1960's by Dr. Aaron T. Beck as a treatment for depression. CBT is an evidence-based approach to understanding and treating psychological problems. It is a structural, active form of therapy in which the client’s goals are set in the beginning and are addressed throughout therapy.
Dr. Beck designed and carried out several experiments to test the psychoanalytic concepts of depression. Fully expecting the research would validate these fundamental concepts, he was surprised to find the opposite. As a result of his findings, Dr. Beck began to look for other ways of conceptualizing depression.
He found that depressed patients experienced streams of negative thoughts that seemed to arise spontaneously. He called these cognitions “automatic thoughts”. He thought that the patients’ automatic thoughts fell into three categories: negative ideas about themselves, the world and/or the future.
Dr. Beck began helping patients identify and evaluate these automatic thoughts. He found that by doing so, patients were able to think more realistically. As a result, they felt better emotionally and were able to behave more functionally. When patients changed their underlaying beliefs about themselves, their world and other people, therapy resulted in long-lasting change. Dr. Beck called this approach “cognitive behavioural therapy”.
What does CBT treat?
Anxiety (G.A.D, Social, health)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)