Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is CBT?

Do you suffer from anxiety, panic attacks or depression? Have you tried seeking other forms of treatment with little success? Maybe you have been taking antidepressant medications for years, hoping they would resolve your symptoms, only to find that they continue.

Symptoms can be debilitating and severely limit functioning. Cognitive behaviour therapy is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression and many other conditions and can be used on its own, but also with medication. Research suggests that a combination of CBT and medication might be the most effective way to treat many mental health issues.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective way to treat mental health symptoms and issues. CBT is a form of talk therapy that is used to address and change the way you think and act to help you change the way you feel. Originally developed in the 1960s to treat depression, it has since become the foremost, non-medication treatment available and has a very wide range of applications.

CBT is typically a short-term form of treatment, usually lasting between 16 and 20, one-hour sessions. Sessions usually occur every week, especially at the start of treatment, when your therapist will work to teach you some core skills, like learning how to identify problematic thought patterns and the sometimes subtle forms of avoidance behaviour that maintain anxiety and fear. Sessions can be spaced further apart once you show you are mastering the skills.

Help is available if you or your loved are going through mental or emotional challenges. Cognitive behaviour therapy can help you find the relief you need. Our team of highly skilled and dedicated mental health professionals uses cognitive behaviour therapy to help you achieve recovery and better functioning.

What Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Do for You

Cognitive behaviour therapy is a skills-based treatment, which means that it offers specific tools you can use to manage symptoms even long after the end of formal meetings with your therapist. Years of research support show that CBT is a highly-effective treatment that:

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces symptoms of depression
  • Helps with recovery from trauma
  • Can reduce substance use and other behaviour problems
  • Can help to improve confidence and self esteem