On Emotional Suffering: Change with CBT
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be an effective treatment for many areas of emotional pain. There are many specific CBT interventions, such as challenging the negative thoughts of depression and anxiety, and encouraging behaviours that are less avoidant. As a psychologist with extensive training in CBT, I know that we have an extensive approach at our disposal to effectively help people with many aspects of emotional suffering. The practical strategies of CBT have been developed, researched, and are available to us. These same strategies can also be used to help us prevent depression and anxiety.
Besides offering us specific interventions, CBT is also an approach that includes accountability, collaboration, transparency, orientation towards the present and the future, and emphasizes the importance of coping with rather than avoiding the challenges of life. CBT also speaks to my own work in letting go of my wish for certainty.
The work of David Burns in "Feeling Good" and "The Feeling Good Handbook" makes CBT accessible and effective!
I see our lives as a garden and our mental health work as gardening. CBT gives us very effective gardening tools as we work on removing the weeds, either excess anxiety, anger, depression or unhealthy situations.
CBT for Stress, Anxiety and Depression
Reduce Anxiety (Generalized Anxiety, Panic and Agoraphobia, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Obsessions and Compulsions, Post-traumatic Stress)
Cope with Loss, Grief, Life Transitions, Chronic Pain or Illness
Improve Self Esteem
Improve Relationship Skills