CBT aims to promote change by helping children to notice links between their thoughts, feelings and behavior. The basis of CBT suggests that situations and events create a series of thoughts, behaviors and emotions that ultimately affect our overall well-being. CBT involves identifying unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving, and utilizing therapeutic techniques to replace these patterns with more helpful thoughts and behaviors. This includes work outside the session, in the everyday environment, where a lot of therapeutic change can occur.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented therapy that aims to promote change by helping children to notice links between their thoughts, feelings and behavior. It typically involves one-hour weekly sessions lasting in the region of 8-12 weeks.
CBT is one of the most widely studied and evidence-based treatment approaches for children & adults. It is used and adapted for various anxiety and mood-related issues, including depression, anxiety disorders and managing anger.
The basis of CBT suggests that situations and events create a series of thoughts, emotions and behaviors that ultimately affect our overall well-being. Actively challenging and changing these thoughts, emotions and behaviors is the goal of CBT, to change how a person feels and experiences life overall.
Understanding how a child has got to where they are now – what is causing their specific problem, what is helpful and unhelpful, how other people react, for example.
Identifying behaviors that keep the problem going. For example, many people avoid something that causes them anxiety, which in turn maintains their anxiety about the specific issue.
Identifying thoughts that keep the problem going. These can include unhelpful thoughts about the self, other people, the world, etc.
Challenging these behaviors and thoughts through practice in session and with the use of homework between sessions.
Consolidating learning and ensuring long-term maintenance by including parents & other family members.
CBT is not a quick fix. It usually takes time, patience and support from parents. Engagement is essential. Attending alone will not create change or improvements. The person must engage fully during sessions and with homework tasks.