We can all benefit from counting to 10 before we do something. CBT helps you do just that, in a structured way.
Unlike many other forms of counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy concentrates less on analysing the past and more on developing strategies for the future. It is a popular evidence-based method of challenging negative patterns of behavior.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (otherwise known as CBT) methodically focuses on changing the way we react to specific situations, teaching us ways to avoid negative responses such as anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clients who feel as if they continue to repeat their mistakes or to associate certain difficulties in life with feelings of hopelessness, phobia or rage can benefit from CBT. Properly learned and applied, CBT can help release you from a vicious cycle of negativity.
A CBT therapist will help you cut your problems into smaller chunks and show you practical ways and coping strategies to deal with negative thoughts and situations as they happen. Rather than looking to your past and identifying traumas that might have affected the way you look at life, CBT is rooted in the here and now. Whether you are concerned might be about to argue with your spouse again, a work project is causing you excessive anxiety or you are tempted to drink excessively to numb your emotions, CBT can help you manage these feelings and attempt to pre-empt and avoid negative reactions to a situation.
Suffering from cognitive distortions which colour how you react to the world is a common issue. CBT is particularly helpful with repetitive negative behaviours, including acute addictions. Providing you are able to understand and apply the methods your therapist teaches you, CBT can radically alter the way you interact with others in a positive and lasting way.
CBT can often show results faster than traditional talking therapies. However, this is contingent upon a dedicated effort from a client to absorb its methods and apply them carefully in everyday life. CBT sessions can be complemented with structured “homework” that helps the client to stick to their goals through reading, watching videos and completing exercises. A CBT therapist may also ask a client to write in a diary every day, meaning not only that they are continuously working on themselves, but that their therapy is at the forefront of their mind and they will be less tempted to slip back into negative thought processes between sessions.
CBT has been shown to produce some of the best results of any psychological therapy available for those suffering from depression and anxiety, often working a lot better than antidepressant medications. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques provide a solid crutch to those who feel their lives are spiralling out of control due to negative thought patterns. A good CBT therapist will help you to connect the dots, working out what triggers you in a particular situation and how to confront it and develop healthier ways of coping.