WHAT IS COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a highly-regarded approach to addressing psychological challenges by exploring and re-calibrating our default thought patterns and behaviors.
CBT recognizes a strong multi-directional relationship between events, our interpretations of events, our emotional responses to those interpretations and our resulting behaviors. Notably, our behaviors contribute to further events, and therefore provide an opportunity for both negative and positive feedback loops. The phrase “self-fulfilling prophecy” has some relevance here.
In CBT we learn to slow down and observe this relationship in action. In doing so we give ourselves the opportunity to evaluate both the truth and the impact of these patterns, and to consider alternatives. CBT offers both a strategic framework for this process as a whole, and multiple well-crafted specific tools for investigating and refining the event-thought-emotion-behavior relationship.
The first outcome study for CBT was published in 1977, and since then over 500 studies have evaluated the value of CBT in addressing a variety of problems. This fact distinguishes CBT as by far the most researched method of psychotherapy in the world. Overall, the research evidence suggests that CBT is very effective in treating a variety of issues.
WHAT MAKES CBT SO EFFECTIVE?
Simply put, CBT provides a clear model for how problems arise and offers direct, practical tools to address those problems. Compared to other approaches, CBT is highly solution-focused, and emphasizes supporting clients’ mastery of their own psychological processes.
WHAT PROBLEMS DOES CBT ADDRESS?
There is solid evidence that CBT can be a useful tool in addressing issues including depression, multiple forms of anxiety and stress, ADD/ADHD, and relationship issues.
HOW LONG DOES CBT TAKE?
CBT is notable in that it is possible to address many issues in a relatively short timeframe. Many clients notice a difference within a matter of weeks, especially if they supplement their sessions with outside reading and exercises. Clients often find follow-up sessions to be useful when new challenges arise.
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MINDFULNESS AND CBT?
Mindfulness is an elegant, practical, and time-tested approach to developing the type of awareness that underlies CBT. By training our attention to be more clear, stable, and relaxed, we can reveal more and more detail and depth of our mind. The sky is truly the limit.
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CBT has been a powerful tool for countless people in finding resolutions to difficult issues. We would love to assist you in putting these insights and tools to work in your own life.