Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment that is effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol, and drug use problems, marital problems, and eating disorders.
The premise of Cognitive behavioural theory is that thoughts and actions influence feelings and faulty (or unhelpful) ways of thinking form the basis for psychological problems.
Another core principle of CBT is that learned patterns of unhelpful behavior are partially responsible for psychological problems, and people can learn better ways of coping with them.
The emphasis in CBT is on what is currently happening in your life rather than what led to your difficulties. I will gather a certain amount of information about your history, but the focus is primarily on moving forward to develop more effective ways of coping with life.
CBT treatment involves efforts to change thinking patterns. These strategies often include:
learning to recognize and re-evaluate your distortions in thinking that are creating problems;
gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others;
using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations;
learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in your abilities; and
efforts to change behavioral patterns including facing your fears instead of avoiding them.
Not all CBT uses all of these strategies. We will work together to develop an understanding of the problem and to develop a treatment strategy.
Progress is measured by commitment to weekly or bi-weekly goals set together. Through exercises during the session as well as "homework" exercises outside of sessions, you develop coping skills to change your thinking, problematic emotions, and behavior.