What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
CBT is a therapeutic framework based on the premise that your thoughts (cognitions) influence your feelings (emotions) and actions (behaviours). In CBT, your psychologist’s goal is to teach you to identify your unhelpful cognitions, emotions, and behaviours. By gaining knowledge into the relationship between these processes, you become more capable at replacing unhelpful processes with more helpful ones.
CBT has two core aspects: behaviour therapy and cognitive therapy.
- Behaviour therapy is based on the concept that behaviour is learned and therefore can be changed by relearning. Behavioural techniques might include exposure, activity scheduling, and relaxation.
- Cognitive therapy is based on the concept that distressing emotions and maladaptive behaviours are the result of unhelpful patterns of thinking. Therefore, therapeutic interventions are aimed at replacing your unhelpful thoughts with more helpful thoughts, which leads to a reduction in your distressing thoughts, emotions and behaviour.
Skills training, such as stress management, social skills training, parent training, and anger management, is another important component of CBT.
Who Can Benefit From CBT?
CBT is effective in treating nearly all mental health conditions, including:
- pain management
- eating disorders.
Many people also find CBT skills helpful in other facets of their life, such as helping them to improve anger management, manage stress, and cope with life’s challenges.
How Seed Psychology can help you
Our psychologists are skilled and experienced with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as a range of other psychological treatments. We will work with you on a tailored treatment plan, to help you recover and improve your wellbeing.