Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

I often work from a Cognitive Behavioural approach, but also adapt my method to each individual or couples’ unique needs. Other methods of therapy that I use are EMDR, Solution-Focused, and Family Systems approaches.

CBT has been proven in research to be an effective treatment for a wide range of concerns. This model of therapy works on the basis that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interconnected. The focus is on the way that people think (the cognitive aspect), and also on the way that they act (the behavioural aspect). Both of these areas have an effect on mood. The meanings that we assign to situations have a large influence on how we feel and behave, thus the connection between thoughts-feelings-behaviours. When we are able to recognize the thoughts and/or behaviours that are affecting our mood in a negative way, we can then make changes that will improve mood and help us to feel better.

CBT is based on the premise that people are able to live happier and more productive lives when they are able to think and behave in a healthier way. By reviewing a person’s belief system and the emotions that are tied to their underlying beliefs, the resulting thoughts and behaviors can be altered.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

William James

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