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CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness as well as dealing with loved ones with mental illnesses.

Numerous research studies suggest that CBT significantly improves 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.

It is important to emphasize that advances in CBT have been made because of both research and clinical practice.

Indeed, CBT is an approach for which there is ample scientific evidence that the methods that have been developed produce change. In this manner, CBT differs from many other forms of psychological treatment. Just look at the wide range of things it can help with! From addiction to depression and anything in between, this is very exciting and hopeful to anyone who is just learning about this! I am here to help guide you through.

CBT therapy 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 therapy 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 reevaluate them considering reality.

Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others.

Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations.

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.

Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body.

Not all CBTs will use all these strategies. Rather, the psychologist and patient/client work together collaboratively to understand the problem and develop a treatment strategy.

CBT places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapists. Through positive psychology exercises in the session as well as “homework” exercises or “tools” outside of sessions, patients/clients are helped to develop coping skills, whereby they can learn to change their own thinking, problematic emotions, and behavior and as a result, change your life for the better. What if you were able to make it so that you no longer need that strong medication to cope any longer or alcohol even… For example. Would you be excited to at least try to achieve that? You absolutely can, and it doesn’t take a miracle either.

We may be unable to change your situation, like where you live or work or who you live with. Maybe you live with an individual with narcissistic personality disorder, for example, and this person is abusing you emotionally. It doesn’t matter why or how you got to living with this person. The fact is you need to learn how to better cope so that you can improve your quality of life. You cannot change others, but we can change ourselves! Maybe you don’t live with them, but you work for them… CBT is perfect because it teaches you how to use what you’ve got within to see it differently and, in effect, better cope with the situation positively.

CBT therapists emphasize what is happening in the person’s current life rather than what led to their difficulties. A certain amount of information about one’s history is needed to see what we are dealing with and address everything. Still, the focus is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life. This approach is why positive psychology is the foundation of CBT. We can focus on what is right and positive about ourselves and learn to work with our strengths, not against them! We do not need to keep drilling our traumatic experiences into our brains to heal. We identify our strengths instead of our weaknesses. In fact, we literally do not dwell in the past but are looking at how we can use our present situation to better our lives, moods, or whatever needs to be worked out.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is helping so many people in many ways, including myself! Remember how I got here, to help others! It was through CBT and other healing practices that I offer now. I had no clue these existed until years after I needed to heal. Which eventually led me to a desperate situation with emotional and physical pain to deal with. But once I learned, as you can also, the healing began for me. Now, I am here to help you and others learn what I wish we had all known from the start. Let me help you use these tools to sort things out for you, too!

“The greatest weapon against stress is ourability to choose one thought over another.”

Gary  William James 

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