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How CBT Works


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is really about developing resilience and coping skills.


We all know that life can be demanding. If you can't shake feeling down, stressed, or overwhelmed, CBT can be an effective way to improve your frame of mind.

The concept behind CBT begins with the negative or distorted thoughts we have, and how realistic they actually are. Because our thoughts, behaviours, and emotions can influence each other, by identifying how they are related and what they trigger, we can change how we feel. Simply, CBT helps us manage our feelings, so we may ultimately develop a healthier, more positive outlook.

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Psychotherapy's Gold Standard


For more than four decades (and over hundreds of clinical trials), CBT has been clinically tested and proven to help treat a myriad of different mental health conditions. Today, CBT is considered to be a gold standard in evidence-based psychotherapy.

Unlike other forms of psychotherapy, however, CBT is usually more focused on the present, on forming a healthier perspective. In practice, CBT is most effective when tailored and guided by the therapist who uses specific techniques for specific problems – always taking someone’s current circumstances into consideration.

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Practice Goes a Long Way


Those who get the most out of CBT spend regular time practicing the skills they learn through their therapist. This may involve relaxation techniques, exposure activities, readings, maintaining thought records, completing worksheets, and developing worry-management techniques.

The more committed someone is to developing resilience, the better prepared they’ll be when faced with a stressful situation. Some of the activities and exercises may feel awkward or uncomfortable at first, but with practice, they’ll become second nature.


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Feeling Better in Weeks

Most people completing CBT with an in-person therapist need about 10 weeks to build up their resiliency skills; others may require more time, particularly when their issues are more complex, or if they don't regularly commit to practicing.

With BEACON digital CBT (iCBT), you have the flexibility to engage with your activities at a pace that's comfortable for you, instead of being tied to weekly appointments. It’s not about rushing through, but people typically take 6-10 weeks to complete BEACON therapy and find the 12 weeks of therapist guidance provided is ample for completing their therapy.

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BEACON is CBT


When you use BEACON, you receive the same level of care that you would with a face-to-face therapist. You're guided through readings and activities with a BEACON therapist, a registered mental health professional, who customizes therapy and regularly checks your progress.

There are also many advantages to using digital CBT  with BEACON: instead of waiting an entire week to ask your therapist a question or have them review your worksheets in-person, you can send a message to your BEACON therapist at any time, with replies made within 1-2 business days.

The stigma that many people attach to in-person therapy is also lessened, since you don't need to keep appointments and take time out of your day.

If you’re ready for private and secure digital therapy that happens wherever and whenever you want it, BEACON is here for you.


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