CBT stands for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. It's a popular therapy that was created by Aaron Beck in the 1960s (1). In the 1950s, Albert Ellis created Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) that has some similarities and differences from CBT (2). I tend to use a mixture of both with my clients. CBT is the most researched therapy approach (3). In treatment studies, CBT has been beneficial for individuals experiencing depression, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and many other mental health conditions (4). CBT has been helpful for individuals using in-person therapy, online therapy, self-help books, and even in online self-help programs.
CBT involves noticing changes in your mood and then writing down the situation, the thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and behaviours that occurred when your mood changed. You can record these observations on a CBT thought record. Thought records can be completed on paper, on a computer, or using mobile apps. After you record the situation, thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, you identify any distorted thoughts and challenge them. Finally, you create an alternative thought that is more balanced and reasonable.
Although there has been so much research about CBT and it has been helpful for so many people, it doesn’t work for everyone, and some clients dislike it. These are some reasons why CBT hasn’t worked for some of my clients:
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Dr. Candice Bovell, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Clinical Psychologist who treats adults with depression, anxiety, and stress online in Ontario, Canada.
Candice Bovell, Ph.D., C.Psych.
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