Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is an evidence-based, short-term, problem-focused therapy that helps people see patterns in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. These patterns are challenged to help you adjust the thoughts that are influencing your emotions and behaviours.
What is CBT?
What can CBT help with?
CBT is helpful for a variety of difficulties including
- Panic attacks
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance dependency
- Anger management
- Chronic pain
- Life transitions
What can I expect?
If you’ve done talk therapy before, CBT will look very different. CBT is structured and each session has a specific focus. The structure keeps us on task and ensures productive sessions to quickly and effectively identify and correct problematic thoughts and overcome your difficulties.
CBT may also include:
- learning skills to help you feel confident in various situations
- learning relaxation strategies to reduce your stress levels
- gradual exposures to the situations you fear most to develop the confidence to deal with anxiety-producing situations
Typically, you would meet for anywhere between 5-20, 50 minute sessions with your therapist and be asked to complete activities/skills practice between sessions.
CBT can be offered through individual sessions with your therapist and it can also be facilitated in small groups. New Moon Psychotherapy offers CBT group sessions that range from 4-8 weeks depending on the problem being targeted. Topics can include academic anxiety, social anxiety, over thinking, challenging negative thoughts. If your therapist believes that you would benefit from attending a group, they will discuss this with you.
Joining a group can be nerve wracking and also has a lot of benefits. These include
- Sense of comfort knowing it’s not just you!
- Opportunity to learn from others
- Greater sense of accountability
- Sense of mastery from confronting one’s fears.
For more information about our groups and upcoming workshops, or to express interest in attending a future CBT group, please reach out.