You may have heard of cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s an evidence-based psychotherapy treatment that focuses on changing your negative thoughts and behaviors. It’s possible you already know someone who has received CBT therapy. So exactly what is it? Does it really work, and if so, how?
What is CBT?
CBT is a treatment method used in psychotherapy. It’s based on the assumption that many of your problems originate from incorrect thoughts and behaviors. By intentionally creating healthier and more productive goals, the aim is to alleviate the distress. In practice, when participating in cognitive behavioral therapy you will work with a therapist to identify your problematic thoughts and/or behaviors and then work to replace them with healthier responses.
Why is CBT so popular?
One of the reasons CBT is widely practiced and known is that has been studied extensively. Because it emphasizes direct and solution-oriented practices it has become an easy subject to gather information/study. The focus of CBT is to produce measurable changes in the thoughts and behaviors of a person and because of those measurable results, it creates a wealth of knowledge for researchers.
How do you practice CBT at home?
CBT is focused on providing between 8 and 12 sessions to create and effective reduction your symptoms. This is best achieved by using the techniques you’ve learned throughout the week. They aren’t just used during your therapy session. When you have left the office you will find that your ‘homework’ might include keeping a journal, relaxation exercises, finding yourself in situations to apply your new approach at life.
What kind of issues can CBT address?
The use of CBT therapy can be applied to anxiety, phobias, trauma, depression, self esteem issues and ADHD. It can also be used when looking at a person’s poor communication or unrealistic expectations (of a partner/life circumstances). In a nutshell, it can be used to treats issues that involve behaviors and thoughts that are causing negative issues in your life.
Is CBT right for me?
Answering whether CBT is the right option for your is difficult. Do your problems revolve around the way you are thinking or acting? Do you find you present life is being hampered by constantly thinking about past problems or that you do you engage in a behavior that isn’t healthy? If yes, then it’s quite possible that CBT could be the answer it creating a healthier and more positive lifestyle. One of the best ways to break down what you are going through it by speaking with a therapist and deciding together on the best course of treatment. Simply having someone to speak with honestly and openly can be the best foot forward to making a positive change in your life. Deciding that you need help is always the best positive first step towards a better future.
If you think you may benefit from CBT session or would like to learn more about how it may help you: You should consider scheduling an appointment with Psychologist and Psychotherapist Dr. Yvonne Thomas. Dr. Yvonne Thomas has over 20 years of experience with working with her clients to address their negative thoughts and behavioral issues. If you would like to schedule an appointment you can do so online or by calling (310) 359-9450