The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach encompasses several core elements to treat psychological problems. The approach stems from three different beliefs:
1. Issues arise from disadvantageous ways of thinking.
2. Issues arise from learned patterns of disadvantageous behavior.
3. There are better ways to cope with psychological problems and when implemented, relief is felt, and quality of life improves.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been proven to be effective in treating a wide range of issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, drug & alcohol abuse and eating disorders. Through efforts to change thinking and behavioral patterns, CBT teaches patients to be their own therapist through effective coping skills, which equips them with tools to utilize well after treatment has ended.
CBT Strategies – Thinking Patterns
· Recognize & reevaluate warped ways of thinking that create problems.
· Use problem-solving skills to manage hard times.
· Become more confident in your abilities.
CBT Strategies – Behavioral Patterns
· Learn to face your fears.
· Practice role playing to seek out potential problematic encounters with others.
· Learn and develop ways to relax your body and mind.
Remember, CBT is not subject to these strategies, they are just general treatment strategies. You and your psychologist will work together to create the most effective treatment plan for your individual needs. The goal of CBT is to always be moving forward through developing ways to cope with life and leaving the past in the past. With one-on-one sessions and taking what you learned and practicing it in the real world, you will be on your way to a better you!