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October 20th, 2021

How does CBT help?


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, commonly referred as CBT is a goal-oriented therapy technique that uses a gradual practical approach to problem-solving and working towards changing one’s behaviour and thought patterns.

CBT works to help clients find new ways to behave and change thought patterns. Often used on its own or in conjunction with other therapy tools.

CBT can benefit by helping..

  • reduce stress
  • to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety disorders including social anxiety and OCD
  • complicated relationships
  • overcome grief, and many other stressful life situations
  • cope with a medical illness
  • depression
  • sleep disorders
  • eating disorders

How CBT works

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy works on the basis that the way we think and interpret life’s events affects how we behave and, ultimately, how we feel. This form of psychotherapy focuses on how a person’s thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviours. CBT can work quickly by bringing awareness to negative thinking and teaches you how to respond more effectively.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a great tool for people with depression, panic disorder, and various other health conditions. There is also growing evidence that it can help to relieve chronic pain.

While CBT may not cure certain mental health conditions it does provide the tools needed to help cope with stressful situations and live a more fulfilling life. Some forms of psychotherapy focus on looking into the past to gain an understanding of current feelings. CBT works by focusing on present thoughts and beliefs.

How many sessions are needed

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is generally a short-term type of therapy. CBT can be used in combination with medication and other types of therapy to provide a comprehensive treatment approach. Every situation presents its own unique needs. Some factors to consider are:

  • how long you’ve been experiencing your symptoms
  • the severity or complexity of your symptoms
  • how much stress you’re experiencing
  • the amount progress is made during sessions
  • any available support outside of therapy, members

CBT in Toronto

Our team of Psychotherapists at Ohana Wellness Clinic incorporate elements of CBT into their sessions. Some Therapists offer a more formal structured format of CBT. Psychotherapy appointments for CBT are available in-person at our West Toronto location, virtually, or by phone. CBT for Pain Management is a 10 week group therapy series available twice per year. Our next group begins early October 2023.

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