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Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy teaches people practical self-help strategies they can apply to change unhelpful or unhealthy habits of thinking, feeling and behaving. It’s based on a number of effective interventions and strategies. Behavioural interventions include self-restructuring interventions such as self-soothing, mindfulness practices, installation of positive resources through future pacing, and rehearsal of behaviours needed for healthy day-to-day functioning.

Cognitive interventions include establishing underlying beliefs from a comprehensive list of belief clusters that affect healthy functioning.

Relaxation strategies include establishing an internal safe place as a refuge, as well as controlled breathing and other breathing exercises to reduce stress and maintain conscious control of mood states.

How can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an effective form of psychotherapy that addresses mental health issues like anxiety and depression by bringing about positive change. This is done by:

  • identifying your unhelpful thoughts and beliefs
  • creating more realistic statements you can say to yourself when anticipating or confronting feared situations as these will decrease the degree of fear you experience
  • devising a plan for gradually exposing yourself to your situations
  • evaluating the evidence for and against your thoughts and beliefs