CBT Australia - CBT for GPs

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Doctors and GPsCognitive Behaviour Therapy or CBT is the term used for a school of therapies that share the underlying assumption that people are disturbed not by events in their lives but by their beliefs about those events.

It is a logical and practical approach to help people with their problems; as such it can be extremely empowering and can bring lasting relief after short term treatment.

There are a number of different approaches to cognitive behaviour therapy. The two pioneering therapies, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, developed by Albert Ellis in the 50s, and Cognitive Therapy, developed by Aaron Beck in the 60s, have been joined by a number of other cognitive and behaviour approaches.

The more recent cognitive behaviour therapies include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy developed by Stephen Hayes
  • Mindfulness developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Schema Therapy developed by Jeffrey Young
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy developed by Marsha Linehan

A practising cognitive behaviour therapist may use approaches from a combination of these therapies.

Today there is considerable evidence that cognitive behaviour therapy is a very effective therapy. For some problems research indicates that it is actually the treatment of choice.

In practice, the cognitive behaviour therapist helps the client to identify thoughts and beliefs that lead to distress, then explore and re-evaluate those thoughts, before helping the client develop more constructive thoughts and thus more helpful emotions and behaviour.