Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors.  CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addictions, depression and anxiety.

Cognitive behavior therapy is generally short-term and focused on helping clients deal with a very specific problem.  During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on Behaviour.

The underlying concept behind CBT is that our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in our behavior.  For example, a person who spends a lot of time thinking about plane crashes, runway accidents and other air disasters may find themselves avoiding air travel.

The goal of cognitive behavior therapy is to teach patients that while they cannot control every aspect of the world around them, they can take control of how they interpret and deal with things in their environment.

Cognitive behavior therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years with both mental health consumers and treatment professionals.  Because CBT is usually a short-term treatment option, it is often more affordable than some other types of therapy.  CBT is also empirically supported and has been shown to effectively help patients overcome a wide variety of maladaptive behaviors.