Learn About Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is a psychological therapy which was pioneered in the 1960s by the psychiatrist Dr Aaron T. Beck.  It is widely regarded as one of the most effective and empirically-evidenced psychological treatment for difficulties relating to Depression and Anxiety, as per governmental guidelines (Link1;Link2).

How Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works

Essentially CBT is based on the premise that our thoughts cause us to feel and act in certain ways, which are not always helpful or rational. Negative experiences can trigger negative thought patterns and tend to cause us to feel depressed, anxious or self-critical. Below is an example of how this vicious cycle works when one chooses an unhelpful, irrational thought:

CBT 5 Part Model