Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT

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CBT - What is it? 

“Thinking is cognition.... identifying unhelpful or negative thinking patterns, so these are thoughts that come into your head and that cause difficult emotions and might cause you to act in ways that aren’t helpful to you. Part of CBT is around recognising what those unhelpful thoughts are and working towards challenging some of those and learning to think differently about those things.”


Tangata whai ora*:

“At the end of the day it’s just having a conversation with someone and it can be really good just to talk. You carry around so much in your head and just letting it out can be helpful.”



"A lot of people assume that you come into an office and lie down on the couch and talk about everything in your life… but that’s not always the case. You usually meet in an office, sit in a chair, (not lying down on a couch) and you talk to a counsellor or psychologist a bit about things that are going on for you. One session is about an hour, usually you start with visits once a week, and then it can change to fortnightly. The first session is about getting to know you, being clear about what is expected and what therapy will look like." 


Tangata whai ora*:

“They create non-judgmental environments where you can be open and transparent, everything’s confidential – you know your mum’s not going to find out about it.”

“They are really great listeners. A therapist is there to just purely to listen to you first and foremost.”


*Tangata whai ora = in this context: adolescent service user