Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT: Thoughts –> Feelings –> Behaviours
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (often known as CBT) is a practical, logical, goal-oriented and action-focused therapeutic approach.
CBT is evidence-based (i.e, proven by research to be effective) for many problems that clients bring to counselling, from anxiety, depression and self-esteem, to grief, addiction and eating disorders. Depending on the presenting problem, I help provide clients with education, insights, and practical tools and strategies to address each concern and the troublesome symptoms.
CBT focuses on maladaptive thought patterns, dysfunctional emotional reactions and unhelpful behavioural habits. The premise that CBT relies on is that changing maladaptive thought patterns will bring about positive changes in one's moods (i.e., reducing emotional distress) and behavioural responses (reducing self-defeating behaviours). These changes are accomplished by specific techniques that help clients challenge their thoughts and beliefs and replace irrational thought patterns (such as overgeneralising, catastrophising, black and white thinking, and discounting the positives, among others) with more realistic and helpful thoughts and attitudes.
In short, changing negative coping skills, thought patterns, emotions and behaviours and replacing them with more adaptive options can help you improve your mood, increase your self-esteem, and reduce your anxiety and worries.