Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on how people’s thoughts, emotions, and beliefs influence their behaviour and how they perceive themselves, others, and the world.

Cognitive behavioural therapists in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer aim to target and break down unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions, modify specific patterns of behaviour, and assist people in developing more functional and flexible ways of thinking.

CBT has been shown to be effective in dealing with a variety of issues including anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression, and substance abuse.

Techniques that are often utilized in CBT are:

  • exposure therapy
  • progressive muscle relaxation
  • deep breathing exercises
  • mindfulness
  • journaling

Several adaptations to CBT include Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Success with CBT

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has been successful in the therapeutic approach in the treatment of such problems as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, personality disorders, phobias and many others.

This approach uses sound techniques to slow down, eliminate, and halt an individual’s own learned reactions. This therapy works on one’s own thoughts, feelings, emotions, and projections on a subject matter and/or circumstance.

Ultimately, CBT deals with those circumstances and events that one is aware of, rather than dealing with circumstances and events relating to the unconscious. Through a sound therapeutic process, the individual receiving therapy will learn to respond differently to issues and circumstances, and will learn healthy coping mechanisms.


Featured Therapists that can help:

Alisha Sabourin

Edmonton South

Alisha Sabourin, B.A., M.C.,Registered Provisional Psychologist, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist...Read More

Alisha Thacker


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Cindy Mason

Edmonton North, Spruce Grove, Online Counselling

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Cory Hrushka

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

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Doris Bong

Edmonton North

Doris completed her Master of Counselling at the City University of Seattle. She has over 9 years of...Read More

Jason Jones

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Jason holds a Masters of Counselling Psychology degree from the University of Calgary and a B.Sc. (h...Read More

Jessica Blake

Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Online Counselling

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Johnathan Bown

Edmonton North, Edmonton South

John is a graduate from the University of Lethbridge from the Master of Education (counselling) prog...Read More

Laurie Roberts

Spruce Grove, Online Counselling

Laurie is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Master of Counselling Psychology from Athabas...Read More

Lenka Matuska

Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Online Counselling

As a psychologist with a multi-disciplinary education in counseling and psychology, I have many...Read More

Lindsey MacDonald

Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Lindsey MacDonald B.A., Masters Level Intern Lindsey completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in psycho...Read More

Loriann Quinlan

Edmonton South

I have a Masters of Science in Psychology from the University of Northern British Columbia. I utiliz...Read More

Mark Szwender

Edmonton North, Online Counselling

I recently earned a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) Degree from Yorkville University...Read More

Melodie Sanford

Calgary, Online Counselling

Melodie is a Masters level professional with outstanding academic training and quality clinical expe...Read More

Peter Miller

Red Deer

Peter is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists ( He has...Read More

Phillip Hau

Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Phillip is a Master’s of Counselling student with Athabasca University. He espouses the belief th...Read More

Ramona Kotke Gapp

Edmonton North, Edmonton South

Ramona Kotke Gapp is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a member of the College of Alberta Ps...Read More

Ricardo Sarango

Edmonton South

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Vanessa Iceton

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Vanessa is currently in her Masters of Counselling program at Athabasca University and will be gradu...Read More


Other Therapists that can help:

Brooke Hendricks

Edmonton South

Brooke completed her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. She...Read More

Doris Kieser

Edmonton South

Doris M. Kieser has a Masters in Counselling Psychology (Gonzaga University, Spokane), a Masters in ...Read More

Melanie Palmier

Edmonton North

Registered Psychologist Melanie Palmier has been a Registered Psychologist in the Province of Alber...Read More

Teena Garcia

Edmonton North

Teena Garcia graduated with her Marital and Family Therapy degree from Loma Linda California in 2001...Read More

Tina Cowan

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Tina Cowan is a well-diversed therapist with a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ti...Read More