Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Embracing Change
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT, is a highly effective method of intervention for a range of psychological problems.
CBT holds that the way we think about the world influences how we feel and how we behave. CBT methods focus on identifying how a persons' thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs are affecting their lives. For example, someone who is highly stressed may believe that they have to do everything perfectly, and may become frustrated and more stressed when they believe they are not performing to their standard. CBT then focuses upon changing the unhelpful or negative thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. Lifestyle changes may also be implemented. The process of change is central to CBT.
CBT recognises that the body and the mind are connected, and uses physical techniques (such as relaxation and breathing exercises) in conjunction with the more "mind-focused" aspects of therapy.
CBT is relatively short-term, and whilst it is acknowledged that past experiences shape and influence who we are, CBT focuses much more on what is happening for the individual now. We can't go back and change the past, but we are able to change our present.
CBT introduces strategies, or tools for coping in a more effective way, for various issues. The tools you will learn are all evidence based, meaning that research has shown that the particular tool or strategy is effective. By the end of therapy, you will have a number of proven strategies which you can use in all different types of situations.
CBT puts the client in the driver's seat, and the aim of intervention is to make the client their own therapist, equipped with the necessary skills to face and cope effectively with all that life may deal them - now and long into the future.
Does CBT Work?
Recently, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) reported that a review of the current research indicated that CBT is:
Effective in treating most common mental health problems
The most effective treatment for anxiety and depression
Tends to be more effective than medication in the long term, as people taking medication are likely to relapse after they stop taking it
Viable in terms of time and cost effectiveness
...In other words, CBT does work!