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. For some people, this type of treatment has been shown 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 but may also be used to treat more severe cases. CBT draws its strengths from its ability to be combined with other treatments in order to optimise the outcome for patients dealing with depression.

How does CBT work?

Cognitive behavioural therapy for depression is a type of psychotherapy that is based on both cognitive and behavioural therapies. This involves helping you to access internal dialogues (also known as ‘tuning in’) – thereby modifying your thoughts or beliefs, aimed at changing your behaviour and moods. As such, treatment involves helping you to develop a more constructive and balanced approach to how you respond to the stressors of everyday life. By doing so, you can develop new ways of responding to these stressors, which in turn are helpful in minimising unhelpful feelings or behaviours. CBT acts as an adjunct to Ketamine therapy and our therapists are here to help and care for you in the treatment pathway.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Teenage Depression

CBT is considered a short-term approach to treating depression, especially when compared to psychodynamic therapies and psychoanalysis that can take several years. This is 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
  • Personality disorders
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