New Directions Psychology

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach that is based on the concept that the way we think effects how we respond emotionally and behaviourally. People can interpret the same life event very differently, leading to many & varied emotional & behavioural consequences. Some of these consequences can be helpful & some not so helpful in our day to day lives. As such CBT is also assumes then that people are disturbed not only by events in their lives but predominantly by their beliefs about those events.
CBT is a logical and practical approach. CBT is not just about 'looking on the brighter side'; it is about applying newly learnt strategies to help you identify, and change unhelpful thought patterns to more realistic and constructive thought patterns that facilitate more adaptive emotional and behavioural responses to the situation.
In addition to changing unhelpful thinking patterns, CBT can also involve conjunctive skill building and behavioural strategies such as relaxation and breathing skills training, activity scheduling, problem solving, and goal setting, social skills training and graded exposure to feared situations.
Through the usages of CBT you can learn to think about life situations in a more helpful and constructive manner and respond more effectively to given circumstances, thereby enhancing your capacity to cope with the challenges you may face.
Who benefits from CBT?
CBT has been successfully used to help with many different types of problems. These include: anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders.
CBT may also help if you are experiencing difficulties with other non-clinical issues such as anger, guilt, shame, stress, low self-esteem, or physical health problems, like pain or fatigue.
CBT is effective for a wide range of people, including children, adolescents, adults and older adults.
Where can I Find out more about CBT?
Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT)

If you are in crisis or have a mental health emergency and require immediate assistance:

Phone the Ambulance Service - 000
Visit your local hospital emergency department
Call or visit your local mental health service
Contact your local GP