About Us

The CBT Association of SA (CBTASA), was initiated by our colleague, the late Kevin Bolon.  

CBT continues to grow internationally and across South Africa, with a wonderful worldwide network providing support in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) training and services.

CBTASA follows similar organizations in other countries – https://www.cognitivetherapynyc.com/international.aspx. CBT is also represented at organizations in Asia, North Africa, South America, and Australia. CBTASA will form part of the CBT World Confederation's Africa Division.      

What is CBT? 

what is cbt

An umbrella term for different forms of evidence-based psychotherapies ('talking therapy') applied by mental health specialists. CBT is a constantly-evolving methodology, comprising first, second and third generations.

Think of the parts of a tree - the roots, trunk, and different branches - which make up the generations. Its beginning originates in the Hellenistic era, 3 BC, in Stoic philosophy. The ideas of Socrates, Epictetus, Aurelius, and many others, remain true today (Dubois*). Other early and continuing influences are those of Eastern philosophy, Adler, and Phenomenology.         

This website outlines most of the types of therapies available under each generation or 'wave'. CBT is described in more detail under each model on page 2.  

Our Goal and Mission

We aim to promote mental health by providing evidence-based treatments, in line with that of global CBT organizations. We encourage effective implementation through training and research, including related news and support. We provide a network of verified therapists and trainers. 


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Contributions by
Prof David Edwards
Dr Linda Blokland
Matthew Watkin
Edgar Tyrone
Bertus Swanepoel
Dr Shane Pienaar-Du Bruyn