Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is not a single treatment but a family of approaches that emphasizes the interaction of thoughts, emotions, and behaviour. It is essentially a form of talk therapy and, as such, operates at the cognitive level but impacts on emotions and behaviour as well as thoughts. Its experiential component comes from self-monitoring of thoughts and emotions and from implementing behavioural experiments and observing their outcomes.
The particular approach taken by Dr. McAllister is based on “Third Wave” CBT therapies: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Behavioural Activation, Metacognitive Therapy and Rumination-focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. One of the main things that distinguishes these therapies from classical CBT and cognitive therapy is a more cautious use of “thought challenging” and content-oriented interventions and a greater emphasis on developing skills that address the core processes that perpetuate mental suffering. Dr. McAllister adapts strategies from these innovative therapies to fit your individual needs.