Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is often described as an empirically based treatment. This means that research has been conducted that proves it works.  This type of treatment was initially found to be effective for the treatment of depression.  Some studies show it works together with medication to result in a greater treatment effect than either medicine or CBT on it’s own (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts).  Other studies have found that CBT has better long term success as compared to medicine.  More recently, CBT has been proved effective for many psychological difficulties including Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse, to name a few.

How does CBT work?

This type of treatment looks at causes and results of behaviour and thoughts (cognition). After a careful analysis, the psychologist will assist the client to modify “automatic” thought and habits that are (often unrecognized) barriers to change and self-esteem enhancement.

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