Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on their behaviour and emotions.
CBT focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. These automatic negative thoughts have an influence on mood and behaviours. Through CBT, these thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective and realistic ones. Thus, leading to an improvement in mood, behaviours, and overall well-being.
CBT is one of the most well-studied forms of treatment and has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a range of mental conditions including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorder.
CBT is very effective in an e-counselling format and on average can be completed within 8 sessions. The number of sessions required will vary based on your personal circumstances.
Jake first came to me because he was having panic attacks and couldn't leave his apartment. Every time he walked outside he had an overwhelming fear that the sky was going to fall on him. Logically, he knew this was an irrational fear, but still it persisted.
I was able to work with Jake to help him better understand why these panic attacks were happening and in turn, learn to manage them.
By examining Jake's thought patterns, emotions, and physical responses to the anxiety we were able to work together to gradually increase Jake's comfort outside and eventually he was able to go venture out without being overcome with an anxiety attack.
Through our work together, Jake was able to develop more balanced thoughts and effective coping mechanisms. Now Jake is in control of his anxiety and anxiety is no longer in control of him!