About Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Many of todays mental health experts are recommending Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a first choice treatment for pretty much all emotional disorders – depression, varying anxieties, excessive worrying, phobias, anger management, panic attacks etc. – rather than medication, or spending years undergoing the old style Freudian ‘shrink’ psychoanalysis.

CBT is also proving to be great personal development training for use by everybody in everyday life, whether you have an emotional health ‘disorder’ or not. We all too often develop bad thinking habits and patterns of self sabotaging behaviours that spoil our enjoyment of life – CBT is proven to teach us to understand and examine and challenge and change these habits, for great psychological well being. Life is hard enough without having inappropriate or over the top responses to events – learn and apply the new science…

With CBT we learn the science of ‘thinking and feeling and behaviour'

  • We learn understanding of how we judge and interpret the things that happen to us, what significance or meaning we give to them, and how that influences our feelings and behaviours.
  • We learn to develop rational and appropriate interpretations and reactions to events.
  • We learn to understand and manage and cope with challenging people.
  • If applied diligently with self awareness and an ability to self critique, CBT can be life changing.
  • It’s a very practical measured and proven ‘evidence based’ psychotherapy.
  • It’s a fast intervention therapy (improvements often show within just a few sessions, which means it’s a lower cost to access for those who don’t have the inclination or money for long term deep counselling).
  • It’s a ‘psycho-educational’ model which lends itself very well to the client themselves becoming their own therapist, learning and applying strategies through homework.
  • Numerous studies show that it’s effects stay with participants after treatment.
  • Quite simply – it works! As is evidenced by the fact that it is the worlds fastest growing psychotherapy…


CBT is different to the traditional talking therapies in that it is a psychoeducational approach that teaches clients to apply methods and techniques to their problems – effectively becoming their own therapist by understanding and managing their thinking (cognitive), feeling (emotional and physical), and doing (behaviour), for a better life experience. According to CBT, it’s largely our interpretation and processing of events that leads to our upsets. Put simply, we human beings can often cause our own upsettness, therefore we can uncause it.

CBT helps us to change how we think (“Cognitive”) and what we do (“Behaviour)”.

These changes help us to feel good and enjoy life and stay motivated even in troubling times. Most people, at one time or another need some help in understanding ways to improve their life. Sometimes it’s overwhelming life stress or a particular crisis that causes negative changes for a person. In these times people seek to gain insight and acceptance about themselves and to achieve personal growth. CBT is for anyone who is unhappy with the way he or she feels and acts, and wants to change. Unlike other treatments, it focuses on the “here and now” of problems and difficulties. It looks for ways to improve your state of mind now / today.