CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy is classified as a psychotherapeutic treatment created to assist you with the identification of disturbing or destructive thought patterns. Making changes is necessary for you to combat the negative influence on your emotions and behavior. You need to place your focus on changing the negative thoughts contributing to your emotional issues and making them worse including anxiety and depression. Your automatic negative thoughts are negatively impacting your mood.
CBT enables you to identify, challenge and replace your thoughts with realistic and objective versions. The process is about a lot more than identifying your thought patterns. You also focus on a wide variety of strategies to help you overcome negative thoughts. This can include writing in your journal, mental distractions, techniques to relax and role-playing.
Different Types of Therapy
You will learn numerous approaches and techniques to address your behaviors, emotions and thoughts including self-help materials and structured psychotherapies including:
Cognitive Therapy: This is how you learn to identify distorted or inaccurate patterns of thought, behaviors and emotional responses.
Multimodal Therapy: This type of therapy suggests your psychological mental health issues can be treated using seven interconnected modalities. These are sensation, cognition, behavior, interpersonal factors, affect, imagery and biological and drug considerations.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: DBT enables you to address your behaviors and thoughts by incorporating mindfulness and emotional regulation strategies among others.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: REBT enables you to identify and challenge irrational beliefs. You will learn how to recognize then change this type of thought pattern.
Every type of therapy uses a different approach while working to address your thought patterns contributing to your psychological distress.
What Types of Mental Health Issues Can Be Treated with Cognitive Therapy?
CBT is effective as a short-term treatment designed to help you cope with specific issues including:
• Panic attacks
• Bipolar disorder
• Stress issues
• Eating disorders
• Anger issues
• Personality disorders
Cognitive behavioral therapy is focused and goal-oriented. Your therapist plays an active role in working with you on mutually established goals. Once you understand the process, you will receive homework between your sessions.
The Unique and Effective Cognitive Therapy Approach
Numerous CBT advancements have been made for both clinical practice and research. There is scientific evidence showing the methods used result in positive changes. CBT is different than other types of psychological treatments due to the core principles including:
• The partial basis of your psychological issues is unhelpful or faulty thinking patterns.
• Your treatment generally involves making an effort to change the ways you think.
• You learn skills for solving problems in difficult situations to increase your confidence in your abilities.
• You use role-playing as preparation for potential interactions resulting in problems.
• You learn how to face your fears as opposed to avoiding them.
• You learn how to cope with psychological issues to help relieve your symptoms with the intention of living a more effective life.
• You gain a new understanding of the motivation and behavior of others.
• You learn how to recognize distorted thinking resulting in issues by reevaluating your thoughts in a realistic manner.
• You learn how to relax your body and calm your mind.
• You will most likely need to change your behavioral patterns.
You will not use all of the above strategies during CBT. You and your psychologist will be working together to understand your issue so you can create a treatment strategy. You will be taught how to become your own therapist. You will learn new coping skills to change your problematic behavior, emotions and thinking patterns during your sessions and through homework exercises.
Your therapist will place the emphasis on what is currently happening in your life as opposed to what caused your difficulties. Even though you will need to provide some information regarding your history, the focus is to help you to move forward and cope with life more effectively.
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