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What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behaviour therapy is a goal specific process that, in a limited timespan, can often achieve improvements where traditional psychotherapy may take years of effort.

CBT places emphasis on the role that thoughts play in regards to emotions and behaviours, stressing that altering your thoughts can have a profound effect on your wellbeing.

CBT therapists work with children, and their families, to develop individual treatment plans designed to help learn new problem solving skills while increasing confidence and self-esteem.


Anxious or depressed children are often flooded with self-directed messages of inadequacy and doubt. CBT addresses these assumptions and helps clients see that if they change their perception of themselves and their environment, their condition can improve.


While CBT therapists provide guidance and encouragement, the main source for successful outcomes lies within the patients themselves.

Consistent dedication to goal achieving, from patients and their families, is what will ultimately create positive results.

You cannot merely “talk it out” and expect to see automatic improvements, but must instead be willing to put in the effort to retrain your thought process and then put the new ideas into action.

What will Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) be like?

If this is your first experience of therapy, you may be feeling nervous or apprehensive; the foundation of good therapy is the relationship we create. You will feel safe, listened to and understood, all from a non-judgmental and unconditionally accepting place. After our first session you will know if this is right for you.

Initial meetings usually last about 50 minutes. During this time we can explore your problems and how you can work toward improvement.

How long will it last

Sometimes with children, two or three sessions, on their own or with their families, can be enough to yield tangible results. On average, substantial improvement can be seen after six to twelve counselling sessions. Children facing greater difficulties may sometimes require twenty or more visits.