What is CBT?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a form of counselling that is based on challenging behaviour and thoughts. CBT is founded on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviours, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel and act better even if the situation does not change. We can learn to react to the same situation, but in a different, more practical and rational way. We can learn to help ourselves.
What enables CBT to be a brief therapy is its highly interactive nature and the fact that it makes use of homework assignments. CBT is time-limited in that we help clients understand at the very beginning of the therapy process that there will be a point when the formal therapy will end. CBT is not an open-ended, never-ending process. CBT is for those clients who want to do be more active in their own well being.