Below, our resident expert in CBT for anxiety, Jenny Rogojanski, reviews some of the benefits of this treatment. Jenny has trained with some of the top international researchers in anxiety and CBT, and has attended training seminars at one of the top North American centres for CBT:

Anxiety is a normal emotion that is experienced to a certain degree by all individuals. Everyone can remember a time when they felt anxious before making an important speech, or when they worried about the health of a loved one. However, when one’s anxiety begins to feel out of control because the level of anxiety is not appropriate when considering the situation that the individual is in, it can begin to interfere with one’s life. Luckily, anxiety disorders are considered to be among the most treatable of psychological problems. One of the most effective treatments for anxiety disorders is cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT. This therapy teaches you strategies for challenging thoughts and changing behaviours that are maintaining your anxiety in the here and now. Some of the benefits of CBT:

  • It is a brief, time-limited treatment that will provide you with a new way of understanding your anxiety problem
  • CBT teaches you practical strategies that you can employ to manage your anxiety on a daily basis, and provides you with the skills necessary to challenge your anxiety in your everyday life.
  • The biggest benefit of all is that we know that CBT for anxiety works based on hundreds of research trials conducted all around the world! That is why CBT is known as one of the most effective treatments for anxiety.

Attempt at humour aside, David Brooks give a great introduction to the role emotions play, and should play, in our daily lives via this TED video. David Brooks, author of The Social Animal, examines how society is entering a “revolution of consciousness”. Despite the many technological and scientific advances of recent years, it is becoming ever more apparent that we are not entirely, or even primarily, rational creatures.  We are governed in great part by unconscious forces and our emotions are central to this process. Emotions tell us what we value. Instead of ignoring, dismissing, or suppressing emotions, we should seek to learn more about them.