What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive-behavioural Therapy, a type of talk therapy that focuses on the way your thoughts, feelings and behaviours all interact. The therapy is built around the idea that the way we think about a certain situation, affects the way we feel and behave. To put it simply, if you think negatively about a situation, you may react negatively in your behaviours and feel distressed.
Negative thought-behaviour patterns can create a vicious cycle, which is further reinforced by distressing emotions of anxiety, depression, guilt, shame or anger. A CBT therapist will help you identify and learn how to challenge your negative patterns of thinking and behaving, whilst helping you cope with difficult emotions.
So, what does CBT treat?
While CBT is widely recognised as a treatment for depression and anxiety, it is an adaptable therapy that can be used to treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including:
- Substance dependence
- Low self-esteem
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders & poor body image or body dysmorphia
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Post-natal depression
What does a CBT session consist of?
Each session is personalised and adapted to suit the individual and their specific struggles at the time. However, CBT has a typical structure that may include: Read More
- Exploring and deepening your insight into your struggles. The more you understand, the more you can change.
- Planning your mutual agenda for your session
- Working through various exercises designed to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours
- Challenging the way you perceive certain situations, to move towards a rational thought pattern
- Agreeing on some exercises to work on independently between sessions
- Teaching strategies to help you manage and deal with distressing emotions
- Discussing progress made from take-home exercises at the start of sessions
Why should I choose CBT?
- CBT is the gold standard therapy for most mental health issues – it has been researched extensively and proven to achieve good outcomes.
- CBT can be adapted to different age groups and levels of insight or “psychological mindedness”.
- CBT is typically a shorter-term treatment, designed to get results in a time limited manner. Treatment time frames range from approximately 5 to 20 sessions, depending on the individual, their engagement in therapy, the intensity of their struggles and how long they have been struggling with their mental health.
- CBT teaches you life skills that can be applied to many different situations or life circumstances.
At Peaceful Mind Psychology we know that talking to a therapist can be a daunting process – we make the process as comfortable as possible right from the moment you make a booking. So, for a Melbourne-based CBT Psychologist who is trained to help you overcome your struggles, give us a call on 1300 766 870, send an email to email@example.com, or fill in our online enquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you.
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