What is CBT and how can it help me?

CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is a well-researched therapy developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s. It's based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and actions are connected, and by changing negative thought patterns, we can positively affect our emotions and behaviors. CBT is hands-on, often involving practical tasks between sessions to practice new ways of thinking and behaving. It's praised for its effectiveness across a range of issues like anxiety, depression, and more, offering significant improvements in a relatively short time frame.

CBT works by helping individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviors that are contributing to their psychological distress. Therapists work with individuals to develop skills for modifying beliefs, identifying distorted thinking, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. This typically involves tasks between sessions, like practicing new skills or keeping records of one’s thoughts and feelings.

How does CBT work?

Benefits of CBT

CBT is one of the most extensively researched forms of therapy, with strong evidence supporting its effectiveness in treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders. It is a structured, time-limited therapy that can help individuals with specific problems in a relatively short time frame. CBT has been shown to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.