Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy developed in the 1960’s by Aaron Beck, an American Psychologist. Research has demonstrated that CBT is as effective as medication in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders without the negative side-effects. CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behavior) all interact together. Specifically, our thoughts determine our feelings and our behavior.
CBT develops alternative ways of thinking (cognitive restructuring) and behaving which aims to reduce psychological distress. In Therapy, clients learn to identify and evaluate their thoughts.