Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured form of psychotherapy or talk therapy that can help to address many mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and panic attacks, depression, anger, PTSD, insomnia or other sleep difficulties, confidence and self esteem and many other concerns by taking a look at the connection between your thoughts (cognitions), your feelings, and your actions (responses or behaviours).
CBT is one of the most well-known therapies due to it often being shorter in duration (typically 5-20 weeks), solution focused and goal oriented where you are offered practical tools and strategies to change unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving so that you can improve your mood, increase your resilience and overcome the challenges that are standing in the way of you achieving your life goals and finding greater happiness.
You may be unaware of many of the negative and unhelpful ways of thinking that you use on a daily basis. CBT provides you with the skills through the use of weekly session time plus homework to practice your new skills to become more aware of your thoughts, your perceptions and your beliefs about yourself, others and the world around you so that you can make positive changes in your thinking and outlook on life.
It is normal to think that something is wrong with you if you have a lot of negative thoughts. In reality, it’s pretty normal and there is nothing wrong with you, the problem lies not with you, but with your thoughts. Anyone thinking negatively is going to feel pretty bad after awhile.
CBT shines a spotlight on the often unconscious thought patterns you have that may be influencing your difficult emotions, habits and behaviours so that you can break free of those unhelpful patterns and form new ones that will take you in the direction of your personal and professional goals.