What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety and depression (CBT) helps you to deal with your emotions by finding clarity in your thinking process, which helps you to make lasting changes to your moods. Hundreds of studies by research psychologists and psychiatrists make it clear why CBT has become the preferred treatment for conditions including:
- anxiety, depression and mood swings
- shyness and social anxiety
- panic attacks and phobias
- obsessions and compulsions (OCD and related conditions)
- chronic anxiety or worry
- post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSD and related conditions)
- difficulty establishing or staying in relationships
- problems with marriage or other existing relationships
- job, career or school difficulties
- feeling “stressed out”
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Explained
CBT combines two very effective kinds of approaches — Cognitive Therapy and Behavioural Therapy. Behavioral Therapy helps weaken the connections between troublesome situations and your habitual reactions to them.
These reactions include fear, depression or rage, and self-defeating or self-damaging behavior. It also teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly and make better decisions.
Cognitive Therapy shows you how certain thinking patterns cause your symptoms by showing you a distorted picture of what’s going on in your life, and making you feel anxious, depressed or angry for no good reason, or provoking you into ill-chosen actions.
In CBT, your therapist takes an active part in solving your problems. He or she doesn’t settle for just nodding wisely while you carry the whole burden of finding the answers you came to therapy for. In many ways, CBT resembles education, coaching or tutoring.
Under expert guidance, as a CBT client, you will share in setting treatment goals and in deciding which techniques work best for you personally. Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety really helps.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Guelph, Ontario
Tim ran one of the first CBT groups in Guelph with his mentor Dr. Watt the retired CEO of the Homewood Health Cr. in Guelph. Tim is expertly trained in helping you deal with thinking that gets out of control like panic, anxiety, and depression.