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What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and how does it work?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a relatively short term, and structured approach to the treatment of many types of emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems. The application of CBT is flexible and individualised, and is based on the conceptualisation, or understanding of an individual’s patterns of thinking and behaviours. The aim of CBT is to teach people to become more aware of their unhelpful or unhealthy thinking habits, and views about themselves and their world, and to replace them with more positive and constructive thoughts and behaviours. CBT aims to teach people that it is possible to have control over their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Each session involves discussion, explanation and practice of skills and techniques – allowing people to develop and keep using what is learned in therapy to approach other problems in life.

Is CBT effective?

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been extensively tested over time, and is particularly useful in treating problems such as anxiety, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, social anxiety, anger and stress management, low self-esteem, child anxiety disorder and child depression, and child behavioural problems. Because of this, CBT is a therapy of practice recommended by Medicare.