Pine Tree Counselling
Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, CT, CCC

Counselling services for individual men and women in Calgary, Alberta.

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What is “CBT”?

There is lots of talk in the media lately* about “CBT” counselling. CBT stands for “Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.” It is one “approach” to guiding counselling therapy (talk therapy); there are others, such as Humanistic, Psychodynamic, etc.

Essentially, cognitive refers to thoughts, and behaviour to behaviour. CBT teaches that the way we think about situations influences how we feel and what we do (or don’t do). CBT focuses on exploring potentially inaccurate, unrealistic thinking, as a way to improve how you feel emotionally. (1)

That said, a couple of points:

Not a Commodity

1. CBT (or any guiding approach to counselling) is not a commodity. That is, it varies from practitioner to practitioner. For example, “Safe and effective use of self” is a defining competency expected of psychotherapists in Ontario, in part meaning “to optimize interactions with clients in the therapeutic process.” (2)

And, “Research suggests that the person who is delivering therapy has an impact on the treatment’s success. Most effective therapists are empathic, accepting, genuine, able to speak with you directly about any misunderstandings that happen between the two of you, and able to see strengths in your cultural worldview. They are also highly skilled, but not rigid, in the therapies that they provide.” (3) So, this speaks to the importance of feeling like you have a good “fit” with your therapist.

How Not What to Think

2. While the therapist is active in “teaching clients new methods for changing their thinking, feelings and behavior”, the therapist also “accepts the value system of the client and works within that framework to facilitate the client’s goals.” (4)

So, clients can expect their beliefs and values to be respected in counselling. The therapist will help them explore and examine their thinking, not tell them what to think.

CBT For Yourself

To discuss how CBT and/or other modalities, delivered in collaboration with a counsellor, might be able to assist you with your situation, feel free to contact me to set up a brief free initial telephone consultation.



Publishing Information

Edited 29Oct2020 and 17 Jan 2021. Republished 17Jan 2021 in Calgary. *Originally published 22 Apr 2018 in Toronto.

Please note that this post is neither counselling nor counselling therapy. If you need these services, please contact me or another professional. If urgent support is needed, calling Calgary Distress Centre at 403.266.4357 is an option. For emergencies, consider calling 911 or going to your local Emergency Room. This page is for information only, is not advice, and implies neither an intent to provide professional services to readers nor that a professional relationship has been established with readers. Current adult residents of the Canadian province of Alberta are the only intended audience of this post.

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