Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression

What is cognitive behavioural therapy for depression? Also known as CBT, it is a common type of therapy that is often used in the place of medication when treating depression. This type of treatment has even been shown, for some people, to work just as well or better than using medication. CBT is typically used as a solution for individuals with mild or moderate forms of depression; should a highly skilled therapist be available, such as those found at our Save Minds, it may also be used to treat severe cases of depression. CBT also draws some of its strengths from its ability to be combined with treatments in order to optimise treatments for certain/ specific types of patients.

How does CBT work?

Cognitive behavioural therapy for depression is a type of psychotherapy that is based on cognitive theory and is a blend of both cognitive and behavioural therapies. This involves helping the patient access their internal dialogues (also known as ‘tuning in’) – it modifies a patient’s thoughts or beliefs, aimed at changing their behaviours or moods. As such, treatment involves helping the patient develop a more constructive and balanced approach to how they respond to the stressors of everyday life. By doing so, the patient will develop new ways of responding to these stressors, which in turn will help in minimizing their disorder or troubling behaviour. CBT acts as an adjunct to Ketamine therapy and our therapists are there to help and care for you in the treatment pathway.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Teenage Depression

CBT is considered a more short-term approach when treating depression, especially when compared to psychodynamic therapies and psychoanalysis; other forms of therapy are known to take several years of a patient’s discovery and treatment. This particularly useful when treating depression in teenagers – the treatment involves identifying distorted perceptions and current patterns of thinking that may lead to depression. As such, CBT is also commonly used to treat other disorders, many of which are common among teenagers, and conditions such as:

  • Antisocial behaviours;
  • ADHD;
  • Anxiety disorders;
  • Depression;
  • General stress; and
  • Personality disorders.