Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy, directed toward solving current problems and teaching clients skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behaviour. It is a psychotherapy that is based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself, therefore it can help you become more aware and less reactive.
One of its goals is to change patterns, models of thinking or behaviour that is very often, behind people’s difficulties. You can explore your beliefs, decide if those beliefs are still accurate and useful, and develop more objective beliefs. CBT is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression. Therapy can be done effectively in just 8 sessions. Some patients, who are in need of structure, find its systematic approach very helpful. Through different techniques, people logically realize that their perceptions directly influence their responses to specific situations and that their thought process is at the fore front of their behaviour.