What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a type of treatment that explores the way your thoughts and feelings interact with and influence your behaviours.
As a psychotherapist in Toronto, Cristina offers this treatment to help individuals find connections between patterns of thinking and their role in mental health conditions – and then find ways to modify or improve these patterns of thinking to create positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
Learn more about CBT and how Cristina delivers tailored treatment solutions as a dedicated psychotherapist in Toronto.
How does CBT work?
This course of treatment is based on the relationship between thoughts/feelings and behaviours. Events themselves do not cause negative feelings; the way you interpret them does. By controlling how you perceive and interpret events and changing your thought patterns, you can achieve positive results.
CBT follows a common model called the ABCDEF model. This stands for:
A – Activating Event
B – Beliefs and Thoughts
C – Emotional and Behavioural Consequences
D – Disputing Irrational Beliefs
E – The Desired New Effect
F – Further Action to Take
As the client and the therapist move through the model, the client becomes able to interpret events in a productive way. You can examine your beliefs, the consequences that come from these beliefs, and how these beliefs may be irrational. Then, by framing the effect in your life you desire, you can create a plan of action to modify what you think and feel – leading to positive behavioural change.
A psychotherapist in Toronto can help you transform your internal dialogue and therefore your behaviours into a more productive output – which creates lasting change that helps you build a more positive future.
What should you expect in treatment?
A course of cognitive behavioural therapy involves discussions between you and your psychotherapist in Toronto. Cristina will help you explore specific problems, talk about what is troubling you, and help you:
- Become aware of your thoughts/emotions
- Identify thinking that is inaccurate or negative
- Challenge this thinking
You may also have “homework” assignments between sessions that help you outside of Cristina’s office.
With Cristina, the environment will always be welcoming, friendly, and – most importantly – safe.
How it can help? How effective is CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy has been shown to be helpful for a wide variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety, stress, addiction, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bulimia, anger control issues, and others. For some with depression, CBT may even be as effective as medication.
CBT can help anyone from young adults to elderly people and even families. The goal is to provide an effective way for you to be aware of yourself cognitively and emotionally so you can actually alter your thought processes and change the way your brain performs.
The next steps await. Contact Cristina, a psychotherapist in Toronto, today if you are interested in learning more about cognitive behavioural therapy and the benefits it could bring into your life.