Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Life is a process of ups and downs and during these down phases everything seems too much to cope with. Our professional therapists are highly skilled and experienced in assisting and supporting you during these difficult, and often challenging times.

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a widely-used approach which focuses on thought and behavior strategies, based on the idea most emotional and behavioral reactions are learnt. The goal of this therapy is to assist us to un-learn our unwanted reactions and instead learn to respond in a healthier way.

CBT is an intensive and short term style of therapy (between 6 to 10 session), and is a practical goal-orientated approach to helping and supporting an individual. The basic premise of CBT is the way we feel and act is linked to how we perceive a situation or event in our lives, rather than the situation or event itself. These perceptions are based upon our core beliefs, which are linked to automatic thoughts, which in turn influences our emotional and behavioral reactions.

One of the key techniques used in CBT is the ABC Model, which contain three steps:

A – Activating event or objective situation – The event or situation triggers the beliefs and consequences.

B – Beliefs – The automatic thoughts we have in relation to the activating events/situation.

C – Consequences – The upsetting/distressing feelings and/ or dysfunctional behaviors are often the result of the combination of A and B.

Some of the thought processes we need to consider in CBT, and how these impact our mental well-being, are as follows:

  All-or-nothing thinking


  Our mental filter

  Disqualifying the positive

  Jumping to conclusions

  Mind reading

  The fortune teller error

  Catastrophizing or minimization

  Emotional reasoning

   ‘Should’ statements

  Labelling and mislabelling


CBT typically aims to assist us to become aware of:

  Our thoughts and emotions.

  How situations, events, thoughts and behaviors influence our emotions.

  How to improve our emotional well-being, by shifting unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, to thoughts and behaviors which serve us more positively.

Further reading:

Edelman, S. (2007). Change Your Thinking. Sydney: Australian Broadcasting Corporation.