Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been shown in more than 1,000 research studies to be effective for many different disorders and problems.
In contrast to many forms of psychotherapy, CBT is a solution-focused approach to treatment, oriented toward solving problems and learning skills. The goal of CBT is to help people get better and stay better, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in thousands of clinical trials.
Developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Cognitive Therapy (CT), or Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), was developed in the 1960’s and has been extensively researched.
In CBT, the therapist and the client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. Therapists help clients overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses. CBT has been found to be effective in more than 1,000 outcome studies for a myriad of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse, among others, and for personality disorders. It has also been demonstrated to be effective as an adjunctive treatment to medication for serious mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. CBT has been adapted and studied for adolescents and children, couples, and families. Its efficacy has also been established in the treatment of many medical disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, fibromyalgia, post-myocardial infarction depression, non-cardiac chest pain, cancer, diabetes, migraine, and other chronic pain disorders.
ABOUT KRISTINA SCHWALM-BACQUET, BSW, MSW, RSW
Kristina Schwalm is a mental health therapist with over ten years experience in clinical mental health practice. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness work with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship and emotional difficulties, stress and general coping. Her work is based on the most up-to-date evidence-based practices in mental health and she is extensively trained in CBT.
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