Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a way of short-term psychotherapy that focuses on current issues and is founded on the premise that how a way thinks and feels influences how he or she behaves. The emphasis is on problem-solving, and the goal is to change clients’ thought processes in order to change their reactions to tough situations. CBT can be used to treat a wide range of mental health issues and diseases.

In CBT, you will first learn to identify painful and upsetting thoughts you have about present difficulties and to determine whether or not these thoughts are realistic. If these thoughts are deemed unreasonable, you will learn skills to help you change your thinking habits so that they are more accurate in a given context. Once your perspective has become more realistic, the therapist can assist you in determining the best course of action. You will most likely be assigned “homework” to complete between sessions. This work may include exercises to help you learn to apply the skills and solutions you develop in therapy to the way you think and act in your daily life.

Seek out a licensed mental health professional who has received specialized training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition to these credentials, it is critical to locate a therapist with whom you feel at ease.

CBT can help children, adolescents, and adults, as well as individuals, families, and couples. It has been found to be highly or moderately effective in the treatment of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, general stress, anger issues, panic disorders, agoraphobia, social phobia, eating disorders, marital difficulties, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and childhood anxiety and depressive disorders. CBT may also be effective as an intervention for chronic pain disorders and the discomfort that comes with them.

CBT combines behavioral and cognitive theories to reach the conclusion that how people perceive a situation impacts their reaction more than the actual facts of the situation. When a person feels worried or dejected, his or her view on an experience may be distorted. Changing the way clients perceive and see the world can change their reactions to situations. Because CBT is based on the present, the therapist will first ask clients what is going on in their minds right now in order to identify uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. The therapist will then investigate if these thoughts and feelings are constructive or even valid. The purpose of CBT is to get clients to actively participate in their own treatment plan so they understand that the way to better their life is to change their thinking and approach to everyday events.

What is the next step?

If you or someone you love is considering individual therapy or counseling, please contact Through The Forest Counseling. We are a team of professionals who have the expertise to help.

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