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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy also known as CBT is type of talk therapy which focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. It can help you manage your problems by encouraging change in the way you think and behave. 

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How can CBT help?

CBT model is based on the idea that the way you think about situations it can affect the way you feel and behave. For example, if you interpret a situation negatively then you might experience negative emotions, and as a result those bad feelings might lead you to behave a certain way. CBT helps you view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. This can include helping you identify which thoughts and behaviours might be helpful or unhelpful in your situation. 

What is CBT helpful for? 

Research has found that CBT can help with many mental health concerns, such as anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, CBT is not only for mental health conditions, but it can also be a beneficial tool to help you learn how to identify and cope with specific life challenges. 


What will my CBT sessions look like? 

Focusing on specific problems by using a goal-orientated approach your therapist may provide you with homework, such as readings, activities, or practices to help build new skill learned during regular therapy sessions.  

Overall, CBT may be a good therapy option if you are interested in changing unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours. 

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