What is CBT?

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated through many rigorous clinical trials to be the most effective treatment for individuals with anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, and many other psychological issues. CBT is a type of psychotherapy that helps people understand how their thinking affects the way they feel and act. In CBT, clients learn why and how they are engaging in unhelpful thoughts (about themselves, others, and the world), and then are taught methods to override this thinking when it is not functional. Clients also learn how to change various behaviours that may be maintaining or increasing their distress. Of course, any other relevant influences on their well-being are also addressed.

CBT is a short-term structured therapy. Typically, treatment involves between 8 and 20 sessions. Your psychologist will collaborate with you to design a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific therapy goals using a number of CBT techniques and strategies. The long-term goal of therapy is for you to become proficient at using these skills to manage your emotional well-being for the long term.

CBT is a service offered by several mental health practitioners, including clinical psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors. Of these practitioners, clinical psychologists are the only licensed, Ph.D.-level service providers specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Clinical psychologists are required to undergo more years of education and intensive training than other mental health professionals.