What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?
Cognitive therapy is about how we think, behaviour therapy is about what we do, and the combination of these two psychotherapies – cognitive behaviour therapy (commonly referred to as CBT) – has produced one of the most successful therapeutic treatments in use today.
CBT is based on a goal-oriented, short-term process which is predominantly focused upon the present and future rather than the past. Research-based evidence shows that CBT works and it is now internationally recognised as being the treatment of choice for most emotional and behavioural problems.
CBT aims to promote independence rather than dependence by helping to
equip clients with skills and strategies that enable them to become their
How does CBT work?
CBT is based on the idea that during our lives, we learn to react to events in unhelpful ways, which often creates problems for us. By changing the way we think we can change the way we feel.
CBT helps by training people to think and behave in more helpful and balanced ways. Developing lifestyle changes, relaxation training, communication skills, mindfulness, assertiveness and problem solving skills may also be included as part of the therapy.
How long does it take?
Unlike many traditional forms of therapy, CBT does not involve lengthy time frames or extensive investigation into early life events. Most CBT treatments range from a few weeks to a few months in duration with an average of 8-12 sessions. As the therapy is goal focused, once a client’s therapy goal is achieved, then the therapy is completed. Some clients like to come back for a booster session or for a follow up session later down the track.