CBT Part 1: Introduction
Updated: Apr 8
CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, looks at the way we think about ourselves and the world around us, in order to help us address how we feel emotionally. It is particularly useful for depression and anxiety, whereby -- although we are not doing it intentionally - we can be engaging in thinking patterns which worsen our mood and increase our anxiety. As if life isn’t hard enough already!
CBT has coined the term “distorted thinking” to describe common ways of thinking which serve to defeat us. It also offers unique tools to help you work through your struggles. A therapist who specializes in group or individual CBT can make the process easier than going it alone. However, you can equally check your library and bookstore for self-paced workbooks, including the renowned classic Mind Over Mood, 2nd Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think, by Dennis Greenberger & Christine A. Padesky (published in 2015).
CBT concepts are simple to grasp, and this mode of therapy can be surprisingly effective in relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression. CBT does not have you travel into your past, but focuses on what you can do in your present. CBT requires effort and completion of homework after counselling sessions, and with this focused energy it can make a very significant difference in a short period of time. The perspective and skills it provides are able to forever change and improve a person’s life.