What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

By: Shelley Read Therapist - Aging Well Consultant May 24, 2019
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Aging well, Kitchener ON, Shelley Read

CBT is to understand how we interpret and process situations

If you find yourself struggling with depression or anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically based short-term treatment approach that is both structured and collaborative. It is based on a scientific understanding of the relationship between thoughts, emotions and behaviours. This approach focuses on identifying and changing unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving, with the aim of improving our emotional experience.   The aim of CBT is to understand how we interpret and process situations in which we experience distress and to identify behaviours we may adopt that are unhelpful. Becoming aware of our thinking as well as the impact our thinking has on our mood and behaviour can lead to important behavioural changes. CBT is both time-limited and structured. Studies show that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been effective in treating mood disorders, depression, phobias as well as anxiety disorders.

Shelley Read, MSW, RSW, Clinical Therapist

Born and raised in the Waterloo Region Shelley holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. Growing up in the country, Shelley appreciates the calm, relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of Kitchener where she meets with her clients.  She has experience providing professional therapeutic services to clients across life stages in a variety of settings.

Shelley Read - Therapist and Aging Well Consultant provide individual counselling, grief and loss therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in greater Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and St. Agatha Areas.

Committed to helping you grow and heal through a safe and respectful therapeutic connection.

Shelley's focus is on helping adults clearly define and reach their personal wellness goals from a holistic perspective. She uses a compassionate and strengths-based approach when working with all individuals.

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