Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: The What, Why, and How

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

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 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 things 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 Done?

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 you face different emotional challenges. It helps 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 to this, people suffering from the following mental disorders may benefit greatly from CBT.

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Chronic pain

  • Eating disorders

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Phobias

  • Sleep problems

  • Addiction

  • PTSD

CBT Treatment at Kensington Psychology and Wellbeing

At Kensington Psychology and Well-being, our Adelaide psychologists offer counselling services to help you get on top of mental health issues and life challenges in general.

 

Our psychologist have extensive experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

If you are looking for a hands-on approach to your treatment, get in touch with our friendly staff and book your appointment today.

 Kensington Psychology & Well-Being.   
82 Shipsters Road, Kensington Park, Adelaide. 
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