Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) Therapist
What is CBT?
CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is a therapeutic approach that considers our mood, thoughts, behaviour, and physical symptoms/sensations when learning to recover/cope with mood disorders, anxiety disorders and other diagnosis. Through change in our thinking and behaviour, improvements can occur in our mental health.
Why would CBT be helpful?
CBT can assist in improving your mood, decreasing anxiety and eventually your overall sense of well-being related to your functioning at home, work, school and relationships.
What symptoms can be addressed with CBT?
CBT is quite effective in treating low mood, depression, anxiety (worrying, fears, phobias). Specific symptoms that can be addressed through a CBT approach are avoidance, isolation, social contact, disturbances in sleep, relationship difficulties, irritability, sense of inability to cope, and other symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders.
What does an appointment look like?
Participating in CBT approach would include meeting with a therapist discussing your presenting concerns (symptoms). The discussion would focus on your thoughts and behaviour related to the presenting concerns. Through exercises and behavioural experiments in and out of session, automatic thoughts, and underlying assumptions will be explored, and their influence on your presenting concerns. Active participation in the exercises and behavioural experiments can lead to changes in thinking patterns and behavioural responses that improve the presenting concerns leading to improvement. The exercises that you participate in will assist in your development of skills and knowledge, so you are able to adapt to future stresses and possible re-emergence of the presenting concerns.
Who uses CBT at Safe Harbour?
Our resident Psychiatric Nurse Therapist, Dale Pankiw RPN, uses CBT skills in therapy.