Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a faster, evidence-based approach to psychological issues, with emphasis on coping both now and into the future.
Cognitive behaviour therapy is typically a 4- 12 session process, especially when the issue is an anxiety disorder or stress-related. The emphasis is on using the tools the therapist has taught you, instead of coming in for a session, when things go wrong. When the process is complete, and the goals agreed up front have been reached, the client can set new goals or move on- follow up is on a need-to basis.
CBT is based in collaborative empiricism– collaborative, as in we work together to make sense of where you are, where you want to be, and the plan to get you there fairly rapidly.
The empiricism refers to the fact that CBT has been widely researched and tested for many decades, and has been proven to be as effective as medication in altering states of anxiety and depression, as well as being a protective factor in relapse prevention.
The collaborative approach means that when you come to a CBT consult, it is a light, relatively informal process, where you learn actual techniques (e.g. for emotion-regulation, identifying and changing dysfunctional habits and beliefs), and you as client, have as much control over the process as I do. This means you can ask questions freely, and make suggestions, as will the therapist; teamwork is essential.
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