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Adelaide-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) services

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps you identify the thinking styles that may be unhelpful in your life and lead to anxiety and depression.  In CBT, one works to help people recognise these unhelpful thinking styles and replacing them with other thoughts.

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the leading evidence-based form of counselling or talking therapy for emotional or psychological issues such as:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • low self esteem
  • anger
  • dependence or addiction

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy looks at the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. When we experience an emotion or feeling that in unhelpful or unwanted, it usually follows an unhelpful self-statement or thought. Often there is a pattern to such thoughts and these are called “unhelpful thinking styles”. Over time these “thinking styles” can become an automatic habit, and when used constantly they can cause a good deal of emotional distress.

What are Unhelpful Thinking Styles?

Examples of unhelpful thinking styles are listed below. Once these patterns of thinking are identified the person can make changes to replace these patterns with one’s that are more positive and helpful.

Mental filter – Looking at the negative parts of a situation and minimising the positive parts. “I got one poor mark, therefore I am hopeless.”

Jumping to Conclusions – assume we know what someone else is thinking (mind reading) and make predictions on the future based or little or no information. “This relationship is going to end badly as we had one disagreement.”

Personalisation – blaming yourself for everything that goes wrong when you may be only partly or not all responsible for a situation. “My team lost as I played badly.”

Catastrophising – blowing things out of proportion… “what a nightmare I am stuck in traffic again”

Black and white thinking – seeing only one extreme or another- being either wrong or right, good or bad. “ I am hopeless at games because I lost that game”

‘Should-ing’ or ‘must-ing’ – Putting unreasonable expectations on yourself and others. “I must ring my mother every day or I am a bad daughter. My friend should ring me at least once a week or they don’t care.

Over-generalisation – taking one instance and imposing on all other situations “ Everyone else has it better than I do…or I never get a break”

Labeling – making global statements based on behaviour in specific situations when they may be many examples not consistent with that label…”I am a poor friend as she did not ring me back”

Emotional reasoning – basing your view of things or behaviour solely on a “feeling” one has. “I have the feeling it is going to a terrible day so I will stay in bed… or….even though he is nice to me I have the feeling he doesn’t like me”.

Magnification or minimisation – magnifying the positive attributes of others and minimising your own positive attributes.

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CBT: An Example

If I think people don’t like me, I feel nervous and may act defensively. This may result in a vicious cycle developing. If I form an alternative thought that there is no reason why this social interaction won’t go well, I feel confident and friendly and the chances are the experience will be more positive. This re-enforces my thought that people will like me and another more positive and helpful thinking style has replaced the other one.

I am playing tennis. I think “I am going to miss the ball.” I lack focus and confidence and I am more likely to miss the ball. I tell myself I can hit the ball. I am more likely to focus on and successfully hit the ball! (

Does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Work?
CBT has been assessed in a number of high quality studies. It has been applied to all the different psychological disorders and has been found to be effective.

Briony Barton

Briony Barton

B A (major Psych)
B Soc Admin (Social Work)
Grad Dip Mental Health

Hi, nice to meet you. A little about me:

I am a member of:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (Accredited Mental Health)
  • Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
  • Society of Australian Sexology (General Member)
  • Australian Society of Hypnosis (Associate)

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