Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a “structured, short-term, present-oriented psychotherapy for depression, directed toward solving current problems and modifying dysfunctional (inaccurate and/or unhelpful) thinking and behavior.” (Beck, J.S. 2011).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a different kind of ‘talking therapy’ that aims to solve current problems
that a person has. By taking their insurmountable tasks and teaching how to apply
a pragmatic and objective view point to these issues, CBT gradually changes a persons outlook to the everyday challenges they go through.
With CBT, the therapist acknowledges that there may be behaviours that you cannot control through rational thought. Rather, these maladaptive thoughts emerged as a result of prior conditioning from the environment and other external and/or internal stimuli.
CBT has been known to be equally, if not more effective than anti-depressants, and is prescribed for multiple mental health conditions, such as:
- Moderate Depression and Anxiety
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia
There is some evidence suggesting that CBT is also effective for attention deficit disorder (ADHD), hypochondriasis, dealing with multiple sclerosis, sleep disturbances due to ageing, dysmenorrhea and bipolar disorder.
A typical one on one CBT session starts with discussing what it is you would like to talk about that day. With a therapists help you will dismantle each problem into small, digestible parts which are easily analysed. Each session usually lasts from 30 minutes to an hour, and the courses usually consists of around 6 to 12 sessions.