What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy, often referred to as CBT, is one of the primary therapy tools used by mental health professionals to assist people to overcome a wide range of issues including stress and anxiety, negative emotions, depression and self-defeating behaviours. Extensively supported by research, CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts (cognitions), behaviours and feelings are all linked, and while we can’t directly control our feelings we can learn to control our thoughts and behaviours in order to change our feelings.

CBT is a short term therapy that aims to empower a person to effectively become their own therapist by teaching new skills

Unlike some other forms of therapy Cognitive Behavioural Therapy does not require years of regular attendance to a therapist’s office, but rather CBT is a short term therapy that aims to empower a person to effectively become their own therapist by teaching new skills. This can be done on your own or with the help of a trained therapist.

Assistance from a trained therapist can be beneficial as it can often be difficult to identify our own unhelpful thoughts because we have become so used to them, and changes in behaviour are often more effective when we have support and/or feel we have someone other than ourselves to hold us accountable to achieving our goals. Change can be hard on our own, just like when trying to stick to an exercise routine, it’s much easier to motivate yourself when you commit to exercising with a friend!