Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Here we will explain what is cognitive behavioural therapy? How does it work? And what are the alternatives?

CBT involves understanding the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It is a very popular model of therapy. CBT is effective for most people; it helps individuals and couples to overcome a great range of concerns, including alcohol dependence, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, and eating disorders. With an understanding of the relationship between thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, this opens up new ways of responding to things and in turns brings about a different outcome.

cognitive behaviour therapy

Your online CBT therapist will help you to get a clear picture of the situation, devise a plan, identify your goals and figure out the steps required to achieve them. This may involve cognitive behaviour therapy techniques to modify negative, unhelpful thoughts, replace unhelpful or destructive behaviours, manage distressing/ unpleasant feelings and ultimately improve overall mood.

The first one or two sessions are often used to get a clear understanding of the way things are at present, set treatment goals and expectations, as well as agree on the number of sessions that will be helpful. It is common to use between 4 and 12 CBT sessions depending on a number of factors.

How Can Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Help me?

CBT is notably different from traditional counselling methods

The following are some of the major differences:

  • Sessions are structured
  • Treatment is goal-focused
  • It is Time-limited. There will be an agreed number of sessions and an end to treatment. The ultimate goal in therapy is for you to be your own therapist following the completion of CBT.
  • It is practical. Some sessions will focus on training you in new skills that will be helpful. Each week you will be asked to work on strategies outside of session to ‘try out’ these skills in your own life. It is important that you can commit to at least 30 minutes each week in your own time to implement these strategies and feedback the following week.
  • While it is useful to understand significant events in the past, the focus of CBT is on the ‘Here and Now’. This may include understanding the impact of past events on your current situation.
  • The CBT model emphasises that it is not events that cause emotion, but it is how we interpret and assign meaning to these events. This helps to explain why each of us can react differently to the same event and also how we find ourselves in a negative pattern that appears to repeat itself throughout our lives.

What can I expect from an Online CBT Therapist?

  • You will always be treated with respect and compassion
  • Treatment goals will be set by yourself and agreed by the therapist
  • You can expect to be seen on time for your appointment
  • Your consent will always be sought regarding treatment planning and content
  • The therapist will always behave professionally and consistently in accordance with the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics www.psychology.org.au

How do I know if CBT is right for me?

Our team friendly and experienced psychologists will help you to consider if CBT is right for you. Typically during the first appointment, we will describe a little about how CBT can be used to overcome things such as depression and anxiety.

In addition to learning about CBT we will also make suggestions about alternative approaches that you might like to consider. CBT is just one model that psychologists use, we also provide things such as schema therapy, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and interpersonal therapy. Please get in touch with us to hear more about these options.

Our Practitioners

Megan Williams
New Zealand Registered Psychologist
BSc(Pysch) MSc(Psych)(Honours) PGDipPP Registered Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and current Annual Practicing Certificate Member of New Zealand Psychologists Society Megan Williams is a Psychologist who works with Read More
Farzana Rita
Australian Registered Psychologist
BPsych, MA(ELitt), GradDipIS Farzana Rita is an Australian registered Psychologist with a warm, empathic and client-centred approach to counselling. She is passionate about listening to her clients, helping them to Read More
Den Eddowes
New Zealand Registered Psychologist
NZ Registered Psychologist BAppSci(Psych), GDipTch(Primary), MEdPsych, PGDipEdPsych. Den’s passion to provide support that is strengths-based, ecological, collaborative, solutions focussed and culturally responsive, underpin her practise. Den strongly feels that the Read More
Dr Hazlin Lockman
Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Hazlin Lockman has extensive experience in mental health with 20 years experience working as a consultant in 2 countries – Malaysia and Australia. Dr Lockman has a special interest Read More
Kate Steadman
New Zealand Registered Psychologist
Kate is a Clinical Psychologist registered in NZ. She is also a provisional member of DAPAANZ for addiction practitioners. Kate has experience working in the public sector with individuals struggling with Read More
Yvonne Hall
New Zealand Registered Psychologist
Yvonne is a NZ registered Psychologist. Specialising in the world of work, she supports individuals and organisations to improve wellbeing, satisfaction, and performance at work. Her goal is to help Read More
Dr Kannan Kallapiran
Child and Adolescent Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Kannan Kallapiran is a medical doctor who did his basic medical training in India. He worked in community psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, old-age, and forensic psychiatry before undertaking Read More
Dr Krishna Manepalli
Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Manepalli has been working for the past 17 years in mental health. He was initially qualified in India and was later admitted to the Fellowship of The Royal Australian Read More
Evelyn Langlois
Australian Registered Psychologist
Evelyn takes a warm, compassionate, and non-judgemental approach to psychotherapy. She practices from a person-centered approach working primarily from evidence-based models. Evelyn holds a doctorate degree in Health Psychology from Read More
Dr Matthew Jenkins
New Zealand Registered Psychiatrist
Dr. Matthew Jenkins. is a psychiatrist based in the rural Waikato, New Zealand. He has sub-specialty training in Addictions and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry; the latter being the branch of psychiatry interested Read More
Natalie Reynolds
New Zealand Registered Psychologist
My name is Natalie Reynolds and I am an NZ Registered Psychologist.  I have experience working with individuals of all ages.  Through my experience as a psychologist, I have gained Read More
Shokria Siddiqui
Australian Registered Psychologist
Shokria Siddiqui is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Science/Psychology, Master of Applied Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Read More
Ale Held
New Zealand Registered Psychologist
Alexandra (Ale) Held is an NZ-trained and registered psychologist and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She is experienced in working with a variety of challenging behaviours across adults, adolescents, Read More
Aleksandra Gosteva
New Zealand Registered Psychologist
I am a New Zealand fully trained, Registered Psychologist. With my breadth of extensive training, research and internships, I have developed specialist interests in different areas of psychology. My extensive Read More

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