Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, evidence-based psychological treatment that provides individuals with new ways of understanding, thinking about (“cognitive”) and reacting to (‘behavioural”) a problem to resolve issues and reduce psychological symptoms and distress. CBT functions on the notion that individual thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are all interrelated, so by changing how we think, our behaviours will also change, and vice versa. If there are difficulties in life that become overwhelming, CBT aims to help deal with these difficulties in a positive manner by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable parts. Without having to delve into the past, CBT focuses on managing difficulties of the present and aims to improve an individual’s state of mind on a daily basis. A Cognitive Behavioural Therapist focuses on helping clients develop skills and strategies for becoming healthy and maintaining that level of health.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapists are certified through an undergraduate education, along with a master’s degree and cognitive behavioural therapy license.