What is CBT+? The therapy combining traditional and third-wave approaches

Each person who undertakes therapy is on a journey. In starting this journey, we need to think about which therapy will suit us.

If we think about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we need to take into account that it is not one single therapy but three so-called waves.

The first wave is behavioural therapy, used for problems such as phobias. The second wave is about the connection between thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and physical feelings – this is what we might think of as traditional CBT.

Third-wave CBT

Third-wave CBT interventions are relatively new and build on the foundations of CBT; to name a few, they include DCompassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).


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