Change Matters


Theraputic Approaches


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)


CBT (Cognitive Behavioural)

  Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) helps people to develop skills and strategies for becoming and staying healthy. It is a practical, short-term form of psychotherapy. CBT focuses on the here-and-now - on the problems that come up in day-to-day life. It does not emphasize past events as much as other forms of psychotherapy. CBT helps people to examine how they make sense of what is happening around them and how these perceptions affect the way they feel.

  • is structured
  • is problem-focused and goal-oriented
  • teaches strategies and skills
  • is based on a proactive, shared therapeutic relationship between therapist and client

The CBT model is built on a two-way relationship between thoughts ("cognitions") and behaviours. Each can influence the other. Clients learn how to identify their thinking, which may be conscious (rational thoughts and choices made with awareness) or automatic (thoughts that flow rapidly and are not checked for accuracy or relevance). Clients gain understanding of how their thought patterns impact their behaviours and mood and how to change their patterns of thought to increase wellbeing.