What are third wave cognitive-behavioural therapies?
These therapeutic approaches seek to blend traditional CBT principles with concepts new to behavioural psychotherapies such as mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, metacognition, spirituality and the therapeutic relationship in order to help the client. Third-wave CBTs have a number of core components that distinguish these approaches from first-wave behavioural therapy and second-wave CBT, specifically an emphasis on openness, awareness, compassion and action. Third wave therapies are interested in helping you be more present and at ease with yourself, others and the world.
Types of third-wave cognitive-behavioural therapies include dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), schema therapy (ST), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural treatment (MBCT) or compassion-focused therapy (CFT). These treatments have been associated with adaptive self-regulation and sustained motivation across a number of health domains, for example, in depression and addiction.