Therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most scientifically proven form of therapy to date. CBT has been proven to increase happiness, overall fulfillment, motivation, and decrease stress and anxiety. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is based on the premise that we have control over our feelings, and actions, which are governed by the types of thoughts we think on a daily basis. Most of us operate on dysfunctional cognitions which hold us back from achieving what we really want.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) differs slightly from regular counselling or psychotherapy sessions because it’s action-based. Often times, your CBT therapist will work with you on engaging and eye-opening exercises during sessions and ask you to complete homework during the week.

CBT is challenging, eye-opening, fun, and can be quite difficult. A great deal of commitment is needed but most clients make significant changes in their lives.

Our CBT services are covered under your health insurance plan under “Psychologist” services. As a client in our practice, we are strongly dedicated to helping you resolve your issues in a professional and safe environment.

What Issues does CBT treat?

CBT can treat a wide range of issues because of its focus on thought and cognition. CBT can be used to achieve more healthy and fulfilling relationships, create more confidence in career, help combat anxiety and depression, and help with developing confidence in dating.

What are the Benefits of CBT Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be rigourous, but offers a number of psychological, emotional, and health benefits. CBT aims to:

  • Help us understand the negative automatic thoughts that form our belief systems;
  • Identify people, events, and situations in our lives that have reinforced these negative beliefs;
  • Challenge these negative beliefs that hold us back;
  • Develop new, functional cognitions and provide insight and skills to living a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Important Things to Know before starting CBT:

  • CBT is not a quick fix. A therapist is like a personal trainer that advises and encourages – but cannot ‘do’ it for you.
  • To overcome anxiety, we need to confront it head on. This may lead you to feel more anxious for a short time. You may become overwhelmed, but this is part of the process.
  • CBT is most effective when completed in a rigorous, committed, and wholehearted way. Weekly sessions are an essential part of CBT. We will recommend an 8-week, 12-week, or 16 week program to begin your journey with CBT during your 30 minute introductory consulation.

How does Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at KMA work?

1. 30-Minute Consultation

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) here at KMA Therapy begins with a 30 minute consultation with our director, Kimberly Moffit, or one of our intake counsellors. In these thirty minutes, we will ask important questions to determine the nature of the problem and treatment approach needed. We’re also asking questions to get a better sense of your personality

We believe the CBT consultation is very important so we find you a counselor who is the ‘right fit’. The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions you may have. Here we will also provide you with a customized plan of action’ – this includes the recommended adoption counselor who is best equipped to suit your needs, a recommended duration of therapy (if applicable), and any additional testing or psychological services we feel would be helpful.

The fee for 30-minute consultations is $130 and this is usually covered by your workplace benefits package.

2. 50-Minute Weekly Sessions

After the CBT consultation, clients attend sessions at our clinic on a weekly basis with your assigned therapist for the recommended treatment duration of cognitive-behavioural therapy. Here, our objective is to work through the treatment plan, goals, and objectives set in your initial consultation. All sessions after the consultation are 50 minutes in length.

3. Finish and Evaluate

After completing the recommended program, we check in for another consultation appointment to check in on what your experience was like. If you’re still struggling (and everyone takes a different amount of time to work through issues), we may recommend continued CBT to keep you on the right track. If you’re feeling like you’ve made significant improvement in your issues, your weekly therapy ends here. We will likely give you reading materials to help you along the way and you’re welcome to come back for a check-in session at any time. After your therapy, we always love to hear how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished!

How Can I Book an Appointment for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) at KMA Therapy Toronto?

CBT Therapists at KMA are highly trained in CBT. To book an appointment for your initial CBT consultation, simply register online or call us at 416-487-6288. We are located at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto. We look forward to meeting you!


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