What Is CBT?
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT for short, is a technique in therapy used to teach people how to change their unwanted behaviors by changing the way they think. The foundation of CBT is that the way we think and interpret life around us greatly influences our behaviors.
CBT is a type of psychotherapy that works on your thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs and how they affect the way you feel and behave. It teaches you coping skills for how to deal with different problems that could come up.
Distorting your thinking process can lead to feeling distressed and result in problem behaviors. If you are able to think realistically though, and avoid as much negativity as possible in the process, you will be able to take on challenging life circumstances in effective ways.
Research has shown that CBT can be an effective therapy for things like depression, panic disorder, and even substance abuse, as well as other illnesses. Having a successful CBT session involves a good bond between the person giving the treatment and the person receiving it.
You also must assign a clear problem and goal. By knowing what you’re trying to correct exactly, you are able to create reasonable and attainable goals for yourself. There is also a need for strong and emotional conversation, assignments outside the sessions, and constant feedback while learning.
CBT – Where It’s Been
CBT, or a form of it, has been around for decades. However, it didn’t really start seeing its newest form until the 1980’s and 1990’s. During that period of time, behavioral and cognitive techniques were brought together to form CBT.
Cognitive therapy was originally designed to help treat depression. However, it didn’t do so well with it by itself. Usually a form of behavioral therapy had to be used with it. Once the two forms were merged into CBT, it’s effectiveness at treating depression was much more noticeable.
It even was able to help with more than just depression. It was able to treat PTSD, panic disorders, anxiety, social phobias, marital problems, insomnia, borderline personality, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and many other mental and health illnesses.
Typical CBT sessions consist of one on one care between patient and therapist. They usually run between 6-18 weeks depending on what you need, and are anywhere between once a week to once every three weeks. It really just depends on your problems severity.
CBT is all about highlighting our need to identify, challenge, and change how we view our situations. Our way of thinking is like a pair of sunglasses in that it changes our perspective and how we view the world. CBT allows us to become aware of what we really are seeing, and how to change how we think about what’s in front of us.
This is how it is with things like depression or substance abuse. Our views on these issues are distorted because of our own way of thinking. These are usually thoughts that come on spontaneously and automatically without us even trying.
However, we accept these thoughts as truth immediately instead of the distorted reality they really are. CBT allows us to challenge these automatic thoughts and question their validity on the spot. When we stop negative, self-depreciating, or even delusional thinking we are able to function better all around.
CBT – Where It’s Going
Right now, they are performing CBT on the computer, or computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT). This is a new way of doing CBT in order for it to be able to reach the masses. Unfortunately, not everyone has a therapist in their area who is trained in performing CBT.
Not only that, but some may not even be able to afford the therapy. This offers them a much more cost efficient way of receiving care, and the knowledge that they can receive that care no matter where they live.
In many situations this occurs with those that are either much older and/or never learned CBT, or they just didn’t get the proper training in their schooling. Either way, sometimes finding a qualified CBT therapist can be hard depending on where you live.
Technology has given us the means though to be able to receive CBT treatment wherever you are. And with millions of Americans suffering from some form of mental or physical illness that requires the help of CBT, this is a godsend to many.
If you are suffering from a substance abuse problem or mental illness and need treatment, please contact us now. Our qualified staff is here to help you in your recovery towards a much happier and more fulfilled life.
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