Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CPT) WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY? The goal of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is to develop ways of thinking and behaving that promote better mood, stronger self-esteem and a greater quality of life. Unhealthy or dysfunctional cognitions can hold us back from living the life we want. CBT therapy is interested in how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours interact with the idea that “if you can change the way you think, you can change the way you feel.” CBT works on the premise that for every situation you encounter, you make certain assumptions or interpretations about what’s going on. Based on your thoughts, you are likely to feel a certain way and act in a certain way. These assumptions are developed as a result of past experiences, core values, and beliefs you hold about yourself, others, and the world in general. At Bliss Counselling we can help you identify patterns of negative thinking that may be driving your negative emotions, such as anxiety, depression or low self-esteem. We can help you to develop more functional cognitions and identify positive lifestyle changes that will improve your quality of life. Research has shown that CBT is an effective treatment for a wide range of issues and can be used to reduce anxiety and depression, create more confidence within various situations and achieve healthy relationships with self and others. Research also shows that people experiencing anxiety and depression are less likely to slip back into old patterns when treated with CBT they tend to get better and stay better! If you live in Waterloo, Kitchener, or Cambridge and you think CBT could help you, call or e-mail Bliss to book an appointment or a free consultation at 226-647-6000 or email@example.com.