Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of psychotherapy that identifies persistent negative thought patterns. The client and counsellor work in partnership to actively alter “negative automatic thoughts” in positive and constructive ways, with an emphasis on specific skill development in the present moment. Some examples of these skills involve identifying distorted thinking patterns, modifying negative beliefs, identifying and challenging catastrophic thinking, and learning to change daily behaviours in ways that support more constructive beliefs about Self and our immediate environment.

CBT is a very active and focused treatment approach that has been found – in a vast array of evidence-based research studies – to be one of the most effective psychotherapies. CBT is very goal and measurement oriented, with between-session homework assignments, which are agreed upon by client and therapist as a team. An important aspect of treatment is to empower the client to become their own therapist, i.e., to achieve constructive autonomy within their everyday interactions.

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