Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as other mental health issues. In addition, clients with drug and alcohol use benefit from CBT sessions.
Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.
CBT is an approach for which there is ample scientific evidence that the methods developed produce change. As such, CBT differs from many other forms of psychological treatment.
CBT is based on several core principles including:
- Psychological problems are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking.
- Psychological problems are based, in part, on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior.
- People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.
CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. These strategies might include:
Learning to recognize one’s distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then to reevaluate them in light of reality;
Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others;
Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations; and
Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities.
CBT treatment also usually involves efforts to change behavioral patterns. These strategies might include:
Facing one’s fears instead of avoiding them;
Using role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with others; and
Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body.
Not all CBT will use all of these strategies. Rather, the psychologist and patient/client work together, in a collaborative fashion, to develop an understanding of the problem and to develop a treatment strategy.
CBT places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapists. Through exercises in the session, as well as “homework” exercises, clients are helped to develop coping skills (learning to change thinking patterns, problematic emotions, and behavior).
CBT emphasizes what is going on in a person’s life, rather than what has led up to difficulties. The focus of CBT is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life.
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