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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Calgary

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a powerful type of psychotherapeutic treatment used by counselling Calgary around the world. This well researched therapy helps eliminate negative thoughts that influence behaviors. In practice, many studies have shown Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to be more effective than medication at dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and phobias. At Living Well Counselling Services, our therapists have in-depth experience with CBT. Is CBT the right choice for you? Here are just a few of the valuable benefits this groundbreaking treatment can provide:


One of the main goals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to help the individual become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, called “cognitive distortions”. This encourages a more positive approach to life and as these skills are learned, helping the individual view challenging situations in a more clear and hopeful way. The underlying idea behind CBT is that our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in our behavior. For example, if you spend a lot of time thinking about car accidents, then you may find yourself avoiding driving. Counsellors work with the individual to reduce negative thoughts through skillful means and this can ultimately have a powerful impact on our behavior. Some cognitive therapeutic techniques can even become automatic when practiced over time.



Learn To Accept Uncontrollable External Factors & Direct Energy to Powerful Places

Another key goal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to teach individuals that they cannot control every aspect of the world around them, and in trying to do so this can become draining, stressful and depressing. What they can control is how they interpret and manage the issues that arise in their environment. Humans have a strong internal locus of control as noticed within many choices throughout their day-to-day lives.

It Can Be used to Treat a Diverse Range of Issues Including Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Depression

Those who suffer from conditions like depression or anxiety often feel like there’s no end in sight. Fortunately, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been used to successfully treat both of these conditions, and many others. Here are just a few of the behavioral conditions which can be treated using CBT: -Phobias -Addictions -Depression -Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -Anxiety/Panic -General stress and as well as negative thought patterns.

CBT Succeeds Where Other Treatment Methods Have Failed

Counselling is constantly evolving. With CBT, counsellors have been able to succeed where many other treatment methods have failed. As mentioned above, CBT has been used to treat everything from phobias to depression. One of the things that makes CBT particularly effective is its commitment to self-analysis and introspection. What does that mean? It means the individual must be willing to spend time analyzing his or her own thoughts and feelings, and be willing to then do something about these, which is where the CBT tools come in. Self-analysis is rarely easy, but with the help of a Cognitive Behavioral therapist, it can lead to some spectacular results. And unlike with pills, medications, and other short-term treatment methods, these results encourage lifelong healing for many individuals. Typically, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a short-term treatment with an average of 8 to 12 sessions. Our Calgary Counsellors meet with patients once or twice weekly. Activities may include things like guided relaxation techniques, thought records, mental distractions, and role-playing all designed from a research informed perspective, rather than merely advice giving. It is far more than “the power of positive thinking”. Ultimately, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps the individual develop the unique skills they need to cope with the world around them. These coping skills play a critical role in stress management and are useful today and far into the future.

Visit Calgary’s Living Well Counselling Services today for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment

Living Well offers comprehensive counselling services. Many of our counsellors use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment as part of an integrative approach to healing. We offer a free 20-minute initial consultation to all prospective clients to help you find the right fit.

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What kinds of things a counselor can help you with

Psychological Healing

A counselor can also act as the psychological healer when the need arises. S/he will help in healing the innumerable wounds on your (both) heart and mind. S/he may help you in learning how to make amends for each other. It could be a time-consuming process, but s/he will have the patience and persistence achieve the desired results.

A counselor may not use any external tools or medications for healing. But s/he will skillfully use experience and specialization to make both of you to speak out your heart and mind.  It’s when s/he can point out the positives and negatives in you and your spouse.

Clarity and Serenity

Contrary to assumed belief, counseling is more than advising and convincing. It’s a process of bringing clarity to your thinking and serenity to your approach. S/he can make you willing to listen to your spouse and vice versa.

Acceptance: A counselor will help you accept each other as you are. S/he may also train you how to understand each others’ opinions; likes and dislikes; emotions, fears, ego, love, care, sensuality, etc. S/he will show you how to carve out a comfortable and protective space within your mind and heart for your spouse and vice versa.

RID-Elimination:  A counselor can help in eliminating Resentments, Irritation, and Discontentment (RID) for each other. S/he does more than just talking and convincing. S/he is exploring the deeply hidden love and care for each other which is buried under an avalanche of RID. Melting of the barriers may be time-consuming. An expert counselor can make it happen within the shortest possible time.

 Change-Management:  After getting an initial breakthrough in achieving acceptance and melting down RID, the counselor will start consolidating the ground for meaningful communication with each other. At this stage, s/he may bring both of you to the counseling room and let you talk to each other. S/he may also closely monitor the conversations by being present during the communication.

S/he may not interrupt the conversation unless the situation threatens to go out of control. In such situations, s/he may just break the session and advice for more individual sessions. There s/he may try and reshape your approach and attitude for each other in a more friendly manner. It could be a time-consuming process, but eventually, the counselor will be able to bring you both onto a common platform.

Awakening-Awareness: Most of the marriage’s conflicts are known to start from the internal conflicts within the couple. They could be related to lower self-esteem, inferiority complex,   possessive-nature, jealousy, misunderstanding, etc. resentments may not happen overnight. The pot starts boiling and spills over one final day.

An expert counselor may be able to make you aware of the series of events and the real causes behind them during your life of conflicts. She could be able to hold a mirror in which you can see your own faults and shortcomings. Of course, she does it for both of you. The probability of a new life with each other increases considerably after consultations with the marriage counselor.