Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT, is a form of therapy that can benefit people who have mental illnesses or a history of trauma or abuse, or who are going through major life events. Through a structured series of sessions, the therapist helps you identify the thoughts, emotions and actions that are holding you back, so that you can resolve them. This has proven to be highly beneficial for people with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those who suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns, and those who are experiencing grief, job loss, family separation or a host of other stressful circumstances.
How does cognitive behaviour therapy work?
Like most forms of therapy, CBT starts with an assessment of your challenges and needs. Your specific treatment program, including the structure and the number of sessions, will depend on your individual circumstances. Unlike free-flowing talk therapy, CBT is designed to work toward the accomplishment of clearly defined therapy goals. It can be a painful process as you uncover a range of emotions and memories, but your therapist provides you with a safe forum in which to address issues that might be too difficult for you to face alone.
As a registered psychotherapist and counsellor for mental health in Toronto
, Alexandra Gusinsky is a compassionate CBT practitioner who will guide you through the process of developing awareness of how you think and feel about the problem areas in your life. You will learn how to identify the patterns of thinking that are holding you back, and you will develop techniques for altering those patterns.
The end result is that you will feel more at peace with yourself and the experiences that have shaped you, and you will have a greater capacity to face the challenges that may face you going forward.
Whether you are trying to cope with a loss, overcome a phobia or an addiction, or find peace after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event, cognitive behaviour therapy might be the answer you have been searching for.