+ What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy treatment that has been scientifically proven to be effective for a wide variety of mental health difficulties. The goal of CBT is to identify and modify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours that may be contributing to current difficulties and keeping you from your personal goals. CBT is based on the premise that how we think effects how we feel and then ultimately behave. Consider the following situation and how three people might respond differently to it:

Working with a therapist, CBT helps to build skills and strategies for dealing with unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. The aim of CBT is not to think positively but rather to assist in the development of more realistic or balanced thinking. For anxiety disorders, CBT will work to develop a better understanding of your anxiety and the processes, such as avoidance, that perpetuate it and target these unhelpful behaviours through a therapeutic process called "exposure".