If you’ve been suffering from depression, an anxiety disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, marital problems, eating disorders or a mental illness then you may have heard how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can make a positive difference in your life. It can. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is available at my Kelowna BC counselling clinic. But first we have to find out if it’s right for you.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most widely-used therapy for anxiety disorders. Research has shown it to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder, among many other conditions.

CBT can be an extremely helpful tool in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an eating disorder. But not everyone who benefits from CBT has a mental health condition. CBT can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations and challenges.

Is CBT Right for You? What Should You Expect During a CBT Session?

CBT is a common type of talk therapy (psychotherapy). For some people, CBT works very well.  For other clients, there is a fear we will spend endless sessions talking about childhood traumas.   That is not typically how CBT works.  We will work in a structured way, sometimes attending a limited number of sessions.  What I personally like about CBT is that CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking.   We can challenge assumptions and thoughts so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.  As a relationship enthusiast, negative thinking is often a huge block/obstacle to finding connection and the happiness you want and deserve.

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