At Pathways Counselling & Life Coaching Centre, we offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Mississauga. CBT is a focused approach to the treatment of many types of emotional, behavioural and psychiatric problems. The application of CBT varies according to the problem being addressed, but is essentially a collaborative and individualized program that helps individuals identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or relearn healthier skills and habits. CBT has demonstrated effectiveness with a variety of emotional psychological and psychiatric difficulties.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short-term approach (usually 8-20 sessions) that emphasizes the importance of thinking in determining our emotions and actions. The basic principle of CBT is that the way a person thinks has a powerful effect on his or her feelings and behaviour.
CBT focuses on the relations among a person's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. It also addresses the role those thoughts, feelings, and behaviours play in a person's symptoms, daily functioning, and quality of life in order to help bring about a positive emotional and behavioural change.
Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviour
Through CBT, you will learn to understand the relations among what you are thinking, feeling, and doing. Most people agree that what we do affects how we feel and what we think. For example, if we succeed at something, we feel good and think, "I'm a winner!" If we fail, we feel bad and think, "I'm a loser!" The more we avoid and withdraw from doing, the worse we feel, which usually leads to more social withdrawal, avoidance, and apathy.
In CBT sessions, you will spend time talking about your feelings. The presence of strong feelings usually means that the discussion is about something important. However, in CBT we do not challenge emotions. Feelings just "are." Feelings are "true." In contrast, thoughts, assumptions, beliefs, and behaviours can be challenged and changed.
CBT focuses on the here and now, rather than on the past. You and your therapist may spend some time discussing your past in order to better understand your current problems. However, the primary emphasis will be on helping you to overcome your current difficulties.
Contact us to learn more about the benefits of CBT.