Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy which is rooted in the idea that the way that we think about situations affect the way we that we feel and behave.
So, when a particular situation happens in our lives, it's not the situation that is upsetting us, but rather, our thoughts and interpretations about the situation that is causing us psychological distress.
Evolutionarily, our brains are hardwired to have a negativity bias. For LGBTQIA+ people, this bias combined with shame, bullying and discrimination can foster negative thought patterns, which in turn affect our choices and coping mechanisms.
CBT emphasises that emotions, thoughts, and behaviours are often all intertwined.
LGBTQIA+ people are 2x more likely to experience anxiety and depression than our straight counterparts.
For those with mild-to-moderate mental health issues, CBT is an effective, evidence-backed tool which can help us overcome ingrained negative thought patterns through cognitive restructuring: helping us identify unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.
Voda's programs are derived from CBT, and designed to help LGBTQIA+ people gain self-awareness of their negative thought patterns.
From coming out and body acceptance, to overcoming social stigma and rejection, Voda's self-guided digital therapy programs are designed with a team of 8 leading LGBTQIA+ psychotherapists.
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