Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, often referred to as CBT, is a therapy approach that focuses on modifying unhealthy thinking patterns and unwanted behaviors. CBT Therapy is a solution-oriented process that places emphasis on the present problems that the client is facing, as opposed to focusing on “why” or “how” the issues came to be.
CBT therapists help the client to identify and prioritize problematic thought patterns and behaviors so that they can overcome these obstacles. CBT treatment takes a direct approach in defining short and long term goals with frequent “check-ins” to track progress or setbacks throughout the course of CBT therapy. When participating in CBT treatment, clients learn to recognize how their thoughts and belief systems affect their mood, behavior, and physical health.
Through building self awareness, learning coping skills, re-engaging in pleasurable experiences, and improving problem-solving skills, CBT treatment has been found to be effective in treating a variety of mental health and some other health Issues.
Clients who seek CBT help have a range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, addictions, trauma-related disorders, and chronic pain disorders. CBT Treatment can be effective in treating disorders on its own or in conjunction with the use of medication. An additional benefit to CBT is that it can be effective in reducing or preventing relapses related to the client’s unique symptoms.
CBT treatment can help adults, adolescents, and children to replace harmful or inaccurate thought patterns with ones that are less harmful and more realistic. In doing so, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teaches the client to release automatic negative thoughts so that they can move past these restrictions to a healthier, more functional lifestyle. Some examples of troublesome thoughts or beliefs that can be modified through the use of CBT therapy are:
- Always thinking something bad is going to happen
- Focuses entirely on the negative instead of having a more balanced perception
- Blaming oneself for things that are out of that person’s control
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works under the assumption that human behavior is learned and can therefore be modified or unlearned through structured therapeutic work with a CBT therapist. Additionally, CBT Treatment can teach new coping skills or self soothing techniques such as therapeutic breathing patterns.
If you would like to speak with a therapist about CBT Treatment, or if you need assistance in determining if you or your loved one would benefit from CBT help, call or email today.