COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
Discover How CBT Can Support Your Mental Well-Being
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Services
Our thoughts hold the power to influence our moods, feelings, and behaviours — and in turn, our mental and physical health. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) addresses the way that external factors, people, events, and situations can impact our thoughts and perceptions. By changing the way we think and interpret the world around us, we can feel more empowered in our daily lives and ultimately improve our wellbeing.
At Bhatia Psychology Group, we offer CBT, among other therapies, to help our clients explore fears, insecurities, and/or recurring negative thoughts that may contribute to destructive behaviours and negative belief systems. This form of psychotherapy is effective in treating:
Low Self Esteem
Restructuring Your Thoughts
Negative thoughts can become persistent and hold us back from achieving what we want in life. When left unchecked, these thoughts can influence our behaviours and form vicious, repetitive cycles. By challenging our negative thoughts and core beliefs, we are able to change the way we think, behave, and feel.
At Bhatia Psychology Group, we help you to identify negative beliefs and patterns, while guiding you to be more conscious of your daily thoughts and behaviours. It is possible to achieve a healthier state of mind with a bit of time, patience, and dedicated work.
Our team is here to provide you with the necessary guidance and emotional support that you need along the way.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does CBT last?
CBT is an effective form of therapy that can give clients the results they seek in fewer sessions than traditional forms of therapy. While each individual is unique, and treatment times will vary from one case to another, most cases involving CBT require anywhere from 8-15 sessions. There may also be booster sessions, or follow-up sessions recommended periodically to help prevent relapses and reinforce the skills acquired during the first round of sessions.
How effective is CBT?
CBT is an evidence-based form of treatment that has been researched extensively over the past 50 years for its effectiveness. While each individual is unique, and the amount of effort put into one’s recovery is a key component, CBT has been shown to produce significant therapeutic results over a short period of time.
Do I need to be on medication to begin CBT?
Medication is not a requirement in order to undergo CBT. There may be some cases, such as severe depression, where an individual may benefit from the combination of CBT and medication. In these situations, it is best advised to speak with your family doctor to arrange a referral for a medication consult.
How is my progress measured?
Progress throughout the CBT journey is measured using a client’s own personal feedback, as well as a variety of measurement tools. These include mood scales and various psychological tools and assessments that are used to objectively measure progress pertaining to each unique case and situation.
What should I expect from my CBT sessions?
The first couple of sessions will be exploratory and designed to help build up a trusting and supportive rapport between the therapist and client. This is also a time to determine if CBT is the right form of treatment for the individual. By the end of the second session, the client and therapist should have a clear idea of the issues needing treatment, the goals for future CBT sessions, and any problematic behavioural patterns and thoughts that may be holding a client back from meeting his/her goals. Once these foundations are laid, the remaining sessions will focus on challenging any negative thoughts that may be contributing to detrimental behaviour patterns that, in turn, reinforce the negative thoughts—creating a vicious cycle.
Will I see results right away?
Every individual is unique; some clients may respond quickly to treatment, while others may take a bit more time. The key thing to remember is the importance of patience in the healing journey. It takes time to create real change, and the first couple of sessions will be more exploratory and foundational for the work that is ahead. One should not expect to see results immediately, but over time they should begin to present and grow with gradual consistency.
How did this form of therapy begin?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is based upon the work of doctors Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck.
How often should I meet with my therapist?
Typically, a client will meet with the therapist once per week, or at least once every two weeks. There may be some cases, such as those involving recent or severe trauma, that may require more intensive therapy at the beginning. The therapist will provide individual recommendations in your first session.
What level of participation is expected from me?
Undergoing CBT requires active participation from both the client and therapist. The more open and honest a client is about his/her current issues and struggles, the more progress one can expect to see. Homework may be given to individuals undergoing this form of therapy, and as in all forms of therapy, the more work an individual is willing to contribute to their healing process, the greater results they can expect to see.
Why choose Bhatia Psychology Group?
Finding the right therapist is a key component to overcoming challenging negative thoughts and behavioural patterns. At Bhatia Psychology Group, we offer an initial complimentary phone consultation with our Clinical Director. Give us a call to get started on your journey toward healing today.