CBT-3


Thoughts affect how we feel and what we do.
Emotions affect how we think and what we do.
What we do affects how we think and feel.

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 (CBT-3): Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), 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. To meet your individual needs, Dr. McAllister adapts strategies from Third Wave Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy along with other evidence-based therapies.