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The Clinic on Dupont Toronto

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY CLINIC

WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY

At The Clinic on Dupont, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the forms of treatment in which our multi-dimensional team specializes. CBT is a psychotherapeutic method that involves talk therapy and helping clients to change how they feel by training them to intentionally challenge negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviours so their emotions can follow suit. Over time, repetitively changing thoughts and behaviours may effectively rewire emotional tendencies, creating lasting positive emotional change.

Cognitive behavioural therapy aims to change our thought patterns, our conscious and unconscious beliefs, our attitudes, and, ultimately, our behaviour. This helps us face difficulties and achieve our goals.

cognitive behavioural therapy session

HOW CAN COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY HELP?

Typically, CBT is a short-term approach to deal with a specific problem effectively. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is based on the idea that our emotions and behaviours are affected by our thoughts and perceptions. When we think and act in unhealthy ways, it can impact our overall mental health.

Through our cognitive behavioural therapy clinic, your therapist will help you identify unhealthy or harmful thoughts that may be sabotaging your happiness, relationships, and well-being. Your therapist will help you assess those thoughts to determine if they’re rational or overly negative. If your thoughts are inaccurate or overly negative, your therapist will help you develop practical skills so you can see things in a more balanced way. Your CBT therapist will also teach you useful strategies to change your behaviour.

how cognitive behavioural therapy helps

OUR SPECIALTY IS COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)

When you learn new ways to think about events and situations, you’ll be better equipped to deal with challenges positively and productively. This will lead to improved mood and functioning so you can experience more confidence, feel more secure, and have more optimism in your life.

CBT TREATS MULTIPLE CONDITIONS Many conditions respond well to cognitive behavioural therapy. So CBT is particularly helpful if you suffer from more than one condition. Some of the conditions our experienced therapists treat with CBT include, but are not limited to:

  • Attachment Issues
  • Weight-loss
  • Parenting Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • Assertiveness Issues
  • Exercise Motivation
  • Social Isolation
  • More Conditions

APPROACHES AT OUR CBT CLINIC Our multi-disciplinary team uses several approaches in cognitive behavioural therapy. Your therapist will base the specific approaches for your treatment on an individualized plan best suited for you and your condition or the problems you’re experiencing. These methods include:

  • Self-monitoring
  • Behavioural activation
  • Activity scheduling
  • Communication training
  • Journaling (creating a detailed thought record)
  • Interoceptive exposure
  • Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR)
  • Setting and managing goals
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP)
  • Skills training
  • Assertiveness training
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Imagery based exposure
  • Relaxed breathing
  • Challenging irrational thoughts
  • Graded exposures
  • Social skills training
  • Decision making
  • Behavioural experiments
  • Play the script until the end

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN AT OUR CBT CLINIC Your therapist will help you develop several strategies and skills to better cope and effectively deal with stressors, people, and events in your life. You’ll learn to:

  • Clearly identify your problems
  • Recognize automatic thoughts
  • Notice your emotional responses and behaviours
  • Realize the influence your actions have on your thoughts and emotions
  • Identify distorted or inaccurate thinking patterns • assess whether or not your thoughts are rational
  • Recognize how experiences in your past affect your current beliefs and feelings
  • See situations differently
  • Discern the motivations and actions of others better
  • Think about and view situations in a more positive light
  • Be aware of your mood
  • Develop realistic goals and how to break them down into manageable tasks • change black-and-white thinking patterns
  • Stop blaming yourself for everything
  • Focus on what is rather than fixate on how you feel something should be
  • Face your fears
  • Stop judging yourself or others and replace it with understanding and acceptance

At the conclusion of your therapy at The Clinic On Dupont, you’ll have the knowledge, understanding, practice, and tools to face future situations. This will help you feel more confident, secure, optimistic, and in control.

Are you looking for help with your mental state? Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) professionals are here for you. Call us at (416) 515-2649 to speak with one of our psychologists.