About Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

What Is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

CBT is a short-term talking treatment that takes a highly practical approach to problem-solving. Cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, aims to change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) will help you learn to better manage your problems, enhance your emotional wellbeing and, most importantly, help you to feel better.

How Does Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Work?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) works on the basis that what you feel and do is strongly influenced by what you think. CBT is about changing the way you feel by changing the way you think.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) involves identifying and addressing the thinking patterns and behaviours that cause and maintain problems. Your thoughts, feelings and behaviours may have become trapped in a self-defeating cycle that is hard to break out of. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) will teach you not only to become aware of your unhelpful thinking and behaviour styles but also how to change these.

  Who Can Benefit from CBT?

The benefits of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) are many and CBT is now the treatment approach of choice for a range of difficulties. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is helpful across a range of levels of difficulty. Those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anger, marital distress, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, and other conditions, will benefit.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can also be helpful for day to day stresses such as those brought on by life events such as illness, loss, grief, relationship issues, or other challenging life changes.

Does CBT Work?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is supported by a significant amount of research which demonstrates the effectiveness of Cognitive behaviour Therapy (CBT). If you wish to read further, resources are available at our links page.

How Long Does CBT Take?

When you are involved in a treatment course of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), you usually have regular weekly sessions with your therapist. A session typically lasts for around an hour. The first one or two sessions usually involve your therapist in making an assessment of your condition, and in putting together a treatment plan. The treatment plan will include an estimate of the number of treatment sessions required. Between four and ten treatment sessions is typical. Some patients improve unexpectedly quickly, and need fewer sessions than was estimated. Some patients improve more slowly than expected, and might be offered additional sessions. After your treatment is complete, you might be offered some follow-up sessions at longer intervals, perhaps a few months, to ensure that the improvement has been sustained. So Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) treatment usually takes at least several months. The benefits of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) are ongoing, however, because during your treatment you acquire tools and skills and perspectives that you can use for the rest of your life without necessarily involving any therapist.

I feel I would benefit from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). What do I do next?

Contact Signature Psychologies for further information. We are located in Auckland with after-hours appointments available on request.























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