Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in North York, Markham & Toronto, ON
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT? CBT is a form of talk therapy that focuses on how our thoughts influence our behaviour and emotions. Aaron Beck one of the founders of CBT explains CBT is “a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching client’s skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behaviour. Research has repeatedly found CBT to be effective with a variety of conditions such as depression, anxiety and phobias. CBT has also been shown to be effective with addictions, eating disorders, stress, OCD, panic attacks, procrastination, insomnia and even those recovering from cancer. I have advanced training in CBT through the Beck Institute and I have logged hundreds of hours using CBT over the years and I have had tremendous success with a wide variety of clients.
Everyone from time to time struggles with negative thinking. CBT targets erroneous beliefs and faulty thinking to reframe the thoughts to be more accurate and balanced. Our beliefs develop over time about ourselves, others and the world around us but may have no basis in fact, however, these beliefs will greatly influence how we interact with others and see the world. In addition, our ability to have a healthy mindset and outlook is reliant on how positive and hopeful we feel.
For example, someone who encounters an angry boss who demands a meeting later that day may assume they are getting fired and as a result be overwhelmed with anxiety and panic. CBT teaches clients to look for facts and not draw on assumptions which then reduces the anxiety. One key aspect of CBT I appreciate is CBT encourages clients to develop healthy ways of coping and the skills to achieve more balanced thinking long after they have ended treatment. Contact Jim today to find out more about CBT