Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, RP, CCC
Psychotherapy for individual male and female adults in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
416-901-0994 No text; if emergency 911; see ‘Resources’.
130 Adelaide St. W. (weekdays)
1920 Yonge St. (Saturdays)
By appointment only
There is lots of talk in the media lately about “CBT” psychotherapy. CBT stands for “Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.” It is one “approach” to guiding psychotherapy (talk therapy); there are others, such as Humanistic, Psychodynamic, etc.
Essentially, cognitive refers to thoughts, and behaviour to behaviour. CBT teaches that the way we think about situations influences how we feel and what we do (or don’t do). CBT focuses on exploring potentially inaccurate, unrealistic thinking, as a way to improve mental health. (1)
That said, a couple of points:
1. CBT (or any guiding approach to psychotherapy) is not a commodity. That is, it varies from practitioner to practitioner. For example, “Safe and effective use of self” is a defining competency expected of psychotherapists, in part meaning “to optimize interactions with clients in the therapeutic process.” (2)
And, “Research suggests that the person who is delivering therapy has an impact on the treatment’s success. Most effective therapists are empathic, accepting, genuine, able to speak with you directly about any misunderstandings that happen between the two of you, and able to see strengths in your cultural worldview. They are also highly skilled, but not rigid, in the therapies that they provide.” (3) So, this speaks to the importance of feeling like you have a good “fit” with your therapist (for more information about this you can read “Choosing a Psychotherapist”).
2. While the therapist is active in “teaching clients new methods for changing their thinking, feelings and behavior”, the therapist also “accepts the value system of the client and works within that framework to facilitate the client’s goals.” (4)
So, clients can expect their beliefs and values to be respected in psychotherapy. The therapist will help them explore and examine their thinking, not tell them what to think.
To discuss how CBT and/or other modalities, delivered in collaboration with a psychotherapist, might be able to assist you with your situation, feel free to contact me to set up a brief free initial telephone consultation.
Edited 22 April 2018.
Note that this post is not psychotherapy / counselling; please contact me or another professional if you require these services. If you need urgent support, consider Toronto Distress Centres at 416.408.4357. If you need immediate help, call 911 or go to your local Emergency Room. Note this post is for information only, does not imply that a professional relationship has been established with readers, is not advice, and does not imply intent to provide professional services to readers. Intended audience: Current adult residents of the Canadian province of Ontario only.
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