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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


*CBT is one of the most researched therapies in the world. It is the first-line therapy treatment for various disorders, including anxiety and depression, and can be as effective as anti-depressant medications (Borza, 2017; David, Cristea, & Hofmann, 2018). Research also shows that CBT can have longer-lasting results compared to medication (DeRubeis, Siegle, & Hollon, 2008).

About CBT:

In childhood we learn positive and negative core beliefs/cognitions, which influence how we view ourselves, others, and the world, and ultimately guide our behaviour. CBT helps you understand the connection between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. We often get stuck in negative patterns that lead to unpleasant emotions, low self-esteem, hopelessness, anxiety, and depression.

Through CBT, you will identify the negative thought patterns that you tend to engage in, learn how to challenge your thoughts, and reframe them to be more helpful, positive, and realistic. You will learn a variety of strategies to manage your emotions and behaviours, so that your fears and self-doubt no longer hold you back from living the life you want to live. 

While there are many CBT resources online, it can be difficult to make sense of it all on your own. Set yourself up for success by working with an Edmonton-based CBT Therapist, so that you can learn the best methods for applying CBT to your life.

“Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.”

Tori Amos

What can CBT help with?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be helpful for children, teens or adults who have any of the following mental health concerns:

  • Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, panic, social anxiety, separation anxiety, phobias)
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Emotional dysregulation/anger
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Grief & loss
  • Low self-esteem & confidence
  • Child or teen issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Disordered eating

Why do clients love CBT?

Our youth and adult clients have provided positive feedback when engaged in CBT therapy. Here are some of the reasons why people say CBT worked for them:

  • Short term therapy
  • Skills-based: learn various practical strategies that can be applied right away
  • Colourful, helpful handouts to take home and practice skills (from Solace Psychology)
  • Noticeable, effective results early on
  • One's mindset changes to view situations more realistically and balanced, rather than flawed
  • Can decrease distress, overwhelm, anxiety, depression, shame, and self-blame
  • Can result in great insight when learning how to rewire the brain (literally)
  • Typically involves greater self-understanding, compassion and kindness
  • Can improve mood, motivation and energy
  • One can use CBT strategies throughout their life

How quickly does CBT work?

The harder you work, the quicker CBT works. It is all about learning new strategies to think and act, which results in improved emotional well-being. The key is that you must be committed to practicing CBT skills between sessions so that you can begin to rewire your brain and create new, healthier pathways.

CBT usually involves 12 sessions for real results. Since everyone's needs are diverse, our therapists may utilize CBT skills in counselling sessions in conjunction with other therapy methods.

People typically report feeling better after just a few sessions of using CBT strategies. You are worth the investment.

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Therapists who specialize in CBT:

Vanessa Goodchild Edmonton Psychologist

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Cristina Orobio

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Darien Zwicker

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Julie DeRose

AV Edmonton Psychologist

Andrea Vera

K Edmonton Psychologist

Kristen Brown

MC Edmonton Psychologist

Mikyla Cleary

Samantha Naidu

Brooke Greenwood

Hayley Bailey

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Jasdeep Sadhra

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Karl Merritt

Stephanie Charbonneau

Haley Burchett

AA Edmonton Psychologist

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Borza L. (2017). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 19(2), 203–208.

David, D., Cristea, I., & Hofmann, S. G. (2018). Why cognitive behavioral therapy is the current gold standard of psychotherapy. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9(4).

DeRubeis, R. J., Siegle, G. J., & Hollon, S. D. (2008). Cognitive therapy versus medication for depression: Treatment outcomes and neural mechanisms. Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 9(10), 788–796.


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