Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a time sensitive, structured psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching clients skills to improve thinking and behaviour. CBT was developed by psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Beck in the 1960s. Although CBT was originally developed to treat persons living with depression, its success has broadened to the treatment of anxiety, anger issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other emotional issues.
CBT uses an amalgamation of counselling methods derived not only from cognitive and behavioural techniques but from dialectical behaviour therapy techniques, acceptance and commitment therapy, Gestalt therapy, compassion focused therapy, mindfulness, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, positive psychology and interpersonal psychotherapy (Beck, 2016). These techniques are designed to help clients reframe their thinking and perception of life experiences that may have triggered feelings of distress.
The Lily pad’s resiliency program uses CBT to foster meaningful self-awareness and introspection in children and adolescents. This learnt strength often enriches the lives of people as they begin to learn who they are, their like and dislikes, and how to take care of themselves by nurturing positive thoughts and behaviours during difficult times. Moreover, the resiliency program also promotes celebration of strengths and everyday small victories to promote confidence and a sense of accomplishment in each participant.