On the 22nd of September, the Department of Psychology at Lady Shri Ram College organized a talk on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy during lunch and ECA at the Manju Bharat Ram Hall. Dr. Arpita Anand, an expert on the field with 17 years of experience and also an alumna of LSR, came to talk to us about the knowledge of and experience using CBT in the counselling as well as corporate setting.
After briefly touching upon the core components of CBT, the Cognitive and the Behavioural aspects and how each of these can be modified to help the client, she spoke of some of the tools used by psychologists to try to challenge thoughts and reverse behaviours through the use of CBT. Dr. Anand spoke very candidly about the advantages and disadvantages of CBT, and the areas in which she has found it to be effective, and some in which she has encountered some difficulties with it. She shared her experiences of working with clients, which gave us a vivid insight into the practical applications of CBT.
The last few minutes of the session were devoted to answering questions from the extremely eager audience. Dr. Anand was both expressive and informative in her responses, and kept the audience engaged throughout the session. She was then thanked by the Psychology Union and Bhawana Ma’am, and a token of appreciation was extended to her. She left saying she would love to return to LSR again. All in all, it was a very good learning experience, and for many their first introduction to the topic of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Report By: Abhilasha Mansata
Photo Credits: Sreelakshmi Pushpandh