Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 
What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a therapeutic approach that explores the interplay between our thoughts and behaviours, and the ways in which they impact how we feel. CBT encourages you to become curious about the thoughts that you might be having on a day-to-day basis whenever you feel a strong emotion. Many of us will find common patterns in our thinking that could be contributing to feelings of anxiety or depression. The repetitive and habitual nature of these thoughts make them particularity believable and convincing. CBT encourages us to take a look at these thoughts with care and compassion, and to ask questions such as "Is this thought based on certain experiences?", "What are other possible outcomes?", and "How would I cope if my worry actualizes?". CBT also supports individuals in reflecting on beliefs we may carry with us about ourselves, others, and the world. This can include beliefs about our unworthiness, inadequacy, incapacity, and the untrustworthiness of others. 

 

How does CBT Work?

In CBT we begin to explore our thoughts with curiosity, especially patterns of thoughts that may contribute to our anxiety and depression. We take a gentle look at our thoughts to ask "Why do I believe this thought to be true?", "What facts may not support the thought?, and "How would I respond to a friend if they had this thought?". CBT can support us in cultivating beliefs about ourselves that take into account our strengths, worthiness, and imperfections - to see appreciate ourselves for the complex being that we are.