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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a popular psycho-social strategy for treating mental health conditions and developing a variety of coping mechanisms to address troubling circumstances. Its goal is to alter the behavioral patterns that underlie people’s problems in order to alter how they feel.1
Understanding Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The cornerstone of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the belief that thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and behaviors are interconnected, and that negative ideas and emotions can trap you in a cycle. It looks for workable ways to lift your mood and reset your frame of reference.
The Practice of CBT
According to CBT therapists, harmful thoughts and behavior patterns cause psychological issues. You can concentrate on altering your thoughts and behaviors to change how you feel when experiencing unwelcome emotions brought on by sadness or anxiety. It can be helpful to alter mental patterns and investigate the role of feelings in someone who exhibits undesirable behaviors like compulsions or addictions.
The goal of CBT is to provide effective, time-limited sessions, even if therapy sessions might last for several months or even years. In many cases, depending on the complexity of the distress and the targeted outcomes, a full course of CBT is often completed in 16 sessions or fewer by providing sound therapeutic tools.2
How Could CBT Help You?
You may have a wide range of worries and problems in which CBT can address. CBT addresses these issues by swiftly assisting in the identification and coping with the issues that are distressing you. Patients obtain coping skills during treatment to help them manage stress and other challenging circumstances. CBT can also assist patients in controlling their emotions.
By controlling the symptoms of mental illness that contribute to substance use disorders, CBT can aid in the prevention of relapse in the treatment of addiction. It helps patients control their emotions and develops improved communication skills. Additionally, it can support patients in managing persistent physical problems as well as helping them mend relationships, deal with grief or loss, or cope with other effects of medical conditions.
Is CBT Right For You?
According to research, cognitive behavioral therapy may work better for some people than it does for others. CBT can be particularly beneficial in combination with medications to address a particular problem. Additionally, since it can potentially be short term – it is useful before time-sensitive experiences or events as well as in a variety of therapy contexts, including online counseling and group therapy. It can also be successful if you are motivated to learn useful skills and put them into practice regularly.
CBT, on the other hand, is less likely to be successful if you are unable to commit to the process. It necessitates complete participation in attending scheduled treatment sessions as well as the capacity to complete additional work between sessions, which we call at PsychCare Anywhere “self work” as opposed to homework. The focus is on improving your ability to help yourself. Thus, CBT may potentially not address larger issues that are negatively affecting you. Additionally, those with more complex mental health problems or learning difficulties can find the format of these sessions unsuitable.
Here at PsychCare Anywhere, we offer quality Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that is affirming and is designed to foster an open approach. We hope that our clients feel that they can always be themselves.
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1 CBT, B. P. O. (2002). Brief cognitive-behavioral therapy: Definition and scientific foundations. Handbook of brief cognitive behavior therapy, 1.
2 Driessen, Ellen, M.Sc. and Steven D. Hollon, Ph.D. “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders: Efficacy, Moderators and Mediators.” Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2933381 doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2010.04.005