Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – A Brief Explanation

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a structured, individualised treatment program that helps people understand the various behavioural and cognitive patterns that have brought them to the point where they need professional assistance. There are many types of behavioural, emotional and psychiatric problems that CBT has been successful in treating. The method is backed by extensive clinical trials and has empirical support.

CBT Proves Successful in Treating a Range of Problems

CBT has been extremely effective in treating many problems including anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, anger and stress management, and child behavioural problems. There are a number of others, but suffice to say that CBT has an impressive, demonstrated record of success. It also gives individuals the skills to apply what they learn in therapy to other problems in their life.

How does it Work?

CBT requires the active involvement of the person in therapy and takes a very practical and focused approach to the problem in question. CBT engages the person in therapy by helping them understand the relationship between their thoughts and behaviours. They learn to identify restricting or negative thoughts and behaviours and work on replacing them with helpful, positive ones.

As professional psychologists, we have substantial experience and training in developing suitable, individual therapies to assist our clients.  We work with our clients to develop a partnership where they feel comfortable planning their therapy with us. We assist them to practice new skills and techniques, both during the therapy and in the intervening days. CBT is an outcome focused therapy, and while the goal is to address a specific issue, clients are able to use the skills they learn to enhance other areas of their lives.

What Happens at a CBT Session?

New clients can expect the first session to start with an assessment and questioning about past experiences so our therapist can get a full understanding of the issue being treated. CBT, as well as how it works will be explained, and the therapist also explains what to expect and will give an approximate duration of the treatment. This will depend on the issue and the severity of its affect on the person. The treatment plan will be reviewed including the goals set and how they will be monitored.

This ensures that clients come to the next session at Brisbane City Psychologists fully prepared and ready to discuss events that occurred since the last meeting. A typical treatment takes between 5 and 20 weeks, and clients can be assured that their sessions are completely confidential. CBT is a proven method that produces excellent results.