Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a specific type of therapy that is used to treat many behavioural and emotional disorders for both children and adults (e.g., anxiety, depression, panic disorder, personality disorder, eating disorder, etc).
The Psychologist and client work together to identify unhelpful thoughts and feelings associated with their difficulties and to then formulate new and more helpful ways of managing such thoughts and feelings through alternative ways of thinking and behavioural/coping strategies. This therapy is a collaborative approach between Psychologist and client and has solid empirical research supporting its efficacy in treating a wide variety of mental health issues. CBT is also effectively used with older children and adolescents in managing such things as anxiety and mood, as well as building self-esteem and confidence.
CBT therapy is usually conducted over 6-12 weekly or fortnightly sessions however the length of treatment/sessions will depend on each individual’s needs.