COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY
Published On: February 18, 2015
CBT is clinically and research proven breakthrough in mental health care. Hundreds of studies by research psychologists and psychiatrists make it clear why CBT has become the preferred treatment for conditions such as these . . .
- Depression and mood swings
- Shyness and social anxiety
- Panic attacks and phobias
- Obsessions and compulsions (OCD and related conditions)
- Chronic anxiety or worry
- Post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSD and related conditions)
- Eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) and obesity
- Insomnia and other sleep problems
- Difficulty establishing or staying in relationships
- Problems with marriage or other relationships you’re already in
- Job, career or school difficulties
- Feeling “stressed out”
- Insufficient self-esteem (accepting or respecting yourself)
- Inadequate coping skills, or ill-chosen methods of coping
- Passivity, procrastination and “passive aggression”
- Substance abuse, co-dependency and “enabling”
- Trouble keeping feelings such as anger, sadness, fear, guilt, shame, eagerness, excitement, etc., within bounds
- Over-inhibition of feelings or expression
Just what is CBT? How does it work?
Cognitive behavior therapy* combines two very effective kinds of psychotherapy — cognitive therapy and behavior therapy.
Behavior therapy helps you weaken the connections between troublesome situations and your habitual reactions to them. Reactions such as fear, depression or rage, and self-defeating or self-damaging behavior. It also teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly, and make better decisions.
Cognitive therapy teaches you how certain thinking patterns are causing your symptoms — by giving you a distorted picture of what’s going on in your life, and making you feel anxious, depressed or angry for no good reason, or provoking you into ill-chosen actions.
When combined into CBT, behavior therapy and cognitive therapy provide you with very powerful tools for stopping your symptoms and getting your life on a more satisfying track.