Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - frequently asked questions
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach which is
used by psychologists and therapists to help promote positive change in
individuals, to help alleviate emotional distress, and to address a myriad
of psycho/social/behavioural issues. Cognitive Behavioural therapists
identify and treat difficulties arising from an individual's irrational
thinking, misperceptions, dysfunctional thoughts, and faulty learning. The
therapy can be conducted with individuals, families, or groups. Problems
such as anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, low self esteem, adjustment
difficulties, sleep disturbance, and post-traumatic stress are addressed.
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What are the goals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?
- The goals are to restructure one's thoughts, perceptions, and beliefs.
Such restructuring facilitates behavioural and emotional change. During
therapy, coping skills and abilities are assessed and further developed.
What kinds of techniques are used in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?
Some specific techniques that the therapist may use include, but are not
- Challenging irrational beliefs
- Relaxation education and training
- Self monitoring
- Cognitive rehearsal
- Thought stopping
- Communication skills training
- Assertiveness skills training
- Social skills training
- Homework assignments i.e. mutually agreed tasks carried out outside
the therapy sessions
- If appropriate, Cognitive Hypnotherapy may be used after consultation
with the client. Cognitive Hypnotherapy is only used within the wider
framework of CBT
How is the therapy conducted?
- Clients are first evaluated to obtain a thorough history and background
information to better understand the nature of the difficulties for which
treatment is being sought. Clients may also be asked to complete assessment
tools or questionnaires. Treatment usually takes place on a weekly basis,
focusing on current issues. A treatment plan is completed to set goals and
to monitor progress. The number of sessions varies with the type of
difficulties being treated. Clients are expected to be active participants
in their own therapy.
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