Cognitive-Behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including anxiety disorders, OCD and related disorders, PTSD, depression, certain neuro-developmental disorders, elimination disorders, eating disorders, and more. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life for youth and their families. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications. Furthermore, advances in CBT have transpired through both research and clinical practice allowing for this treatment to be evidence-based yet practical offering the child/teen a host of useful skills to navigate routine stressors of young life.
- Psychological problems can emerge or get maintained via unhelpful ways of thinking.
- Psychological problems can emerge or get maintained via problematic, learned patterns of behaviour.
- People struggling with psychological problems can learn effective ways to cope, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.
- Treatment does not need to last years, but rather can be delivered in a concise and time-limited manner, at one or more intervals throughout the child’s developmental lifespan.
- Treatment consists of effective, engaging and practical skills that can be directly applied to situations that occur in everyday life.
CBT treatment involves a combination of changes to feeling, thinking and doing. Skills learned in treatment can include: