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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Research has shown that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the most effective therapy model for treating anxiety and depression.  Developed by Dr. Aaron Beck in the 1960's, CBT is a time-limited, goal-oriented therapy.  With a focus on the present, CBT explores the connections between cognitions (automatic thoughts or core beliefs), feelings and behaviour. 

While CBT is particularly effective when addressing symptoms of anxiety and depression, I often combine CBT interventions with other models.  For example, while it is important to identify automatic thoughts in relation to a specific phobia (e.g. fear of spiders), the addition of mindfulness to everyday activities and increasing somatic awareness aids in recognition and management of emotional and physiological responses.  CBT is one component of my integrated approach.