Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that aims to treat psychological problems with a practical, task-focused approach.
This method of treatment is designed to alter negative thoughts and behaviours by offering more positive and healthy solutions.
CBT focuses on addressing symptoms while they exist, and teaching skills and techniques that can be used to improve one’s mental health.
CBT as a tool for treating mental health disorders
CBT has proved to be an effective tool for treating many mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and eating disorders. While this psychotherapy treatment greatly helps people with a mental health condition, it may be helpful for anyone who simply wants to learn to handle everyday stressful situations in a better way.
How does CBT work?
First thing's first, let us understand the conceptual basis of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The basic idea is that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and behaviour are all interconnected. This makes it easy to understand how a single negative thought or feeling can trap you in a vicious cycle.
This popular method of treatment works by breaking down your problem into smaller parts to help you deal with them in a more effective way. Over the course of multiple sessions, you are taught healthy, practical ways to modify the negative patterns to improve the way your state of mind.
Unlike traditional psychoanalysis techniques that focus on tapping on the wounds of the past to get to the root cause of the problems, CBT focuses on dealing with your current problems and symptoms and finding solutions. By encouraging patients to change distorted thinking patterns, it helps them modify destructive behaviours.
CBT seeks to offer a holistic approach to psychological treatment by addressing the thoughts and behaviours involved in the development and maintenance of problems.
Why is CBT used?
Today, Psychologists use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to treat a variety of mental health issues.
In general, it involves fewer sessions as compared to other psychotherapies, and follows a structured pattern to help you recognize and cope with particular challenges.
CBT can help with:
Symptom management of a mental illness
Preventing relapse of mental disorder symptoms
Treating mental illness when medications don’t seem to work
Identifying constructive ways to manage emotions
Managing chronic physical symptoms
Coping with grief or loss
Overcoming emotional trauma related to abuse or violence
Coping with a medical illness
Conflict resolution in a relationship
Learning effective techniques to cope with stressful situations
In addition, people suffering from the following mental disorders may benefit greatly from CBT:
Anxiety and panic attacks
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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At Kensington Psychology & Well-Being, our Adelaide Psychologists offer counselling services to help you get on top of mental health issues and life challenges in general.
If you are looking for a hands-on approach to your treatment, our Psychologists have extensive experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
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