Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Cairns

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Cairns

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a very popular therapy which essentially helps the client to learn to refute negative and destructive thoughts which are impacting badly on his or her life.

What is cognitive behaviour therapy?

Cognitive-behavioural Therapists teach that when our brains are healthy, it is our thinking that causes us to feel and act the way we do. Therefore, if we are experiencing unwanted feelings and behaviours, it is important to identify the thinking that is causing the feelings and learn how to replace this thinking with thoughts that lead to more desirable reactions or behaviours. CBT Therapists believe that clients change when they learn to think differently, therefore, CBT Therapists focus on teaching rational, positive yet realistic self-talk skills. By using imagery, self-instruction and related techniques, we are taught to alter distorted attitudes and perceptions. Essentially, you are what you think. If you think you can or think you can’t; you are right!

How does CBT work?

CBT is based on the premise (scientific fact) that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviours, not external things like people, situations and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think, which impacts on our emotional response resulting in a changed behavioural outcome, even if the situation cannot be changed. That is, when we learn to think differently about an event, we end up with a positive, healthier response.

Cognitive behaviour therapy in Cairns and North Queensland

CBT is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client. Cognitive-behavioural therapists seek to learn what their clients want out of life (their goals) and then help them to achieve those goals. The therapist’s role is to listen, teach and encourage. Crispian Jones at Seachange Psychology offers cognitive behaviour therapy for clients in Cairns and North Queensland. As the goal of therapy is designed to help clients unlearn their unwanted reactions and replace them with new behavioural responses, the client’s role is to express concerns, learn and implement that learning. The client, in effect, becomes the co-therapist because they are deeply involved in their own therapy.

To find out more about CBT and how it can be used to assist in your healing and wellness journey, call Seachange Psychology on 07 4041 4147.

Cairns Psychologist Rebates

Health fund rebates may apply and you don’t need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment. If you do see your doctor and he writes you a Mental Health Care Plan to see a psychologist, you are entitled to 12 sessions in a calendar year and you will receive a rebate from Medicare of approximately $84.80 as at 2015.