Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the assumption that a person’s behavior and feelings are the result of learned (and often faulty) thinking patterns. The cognitive-behavioral model says that the areas of behavior, thought and feeling all affect one another, so changes made in any one area necessarily affect both other areas.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy involves evaluating the way the client thinks and feels from situation to situation, helping him or her identify faulty thinking patterns that were learned earlier in life. For example, if a client is a “perfectionist” and has the belief that she must do everything perfectly in life, she may sometimes feel very poorly about herself when she makes normal human mistakes. CBT includes tasks and strategies designed to help the client re-evaluate his or her core beliefs and cognitive patterns, allowing for a more informed, conscious decision as to whether these beliefs are, in fact, accurate or desirable.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy also includes specific components aimed at altering behavioral responses. CBT work commonly involves practical strategies for problem solving, time management and increased focus. If a client wishes to change careers, lose weight or improve his dating life, for instance, CBT helps him better structure his time, set reasonable goals and become increasingly aware of self-defeating habits as he pursues his desired behavior.
CBT is supported by a large body of research indicating it is quite effective in treating a variety of emotional difficulties and overcoming a wide range of life challenges. It is often utilized in conjunction with other therapy methods and techniques, and can be used to address:
- Couples Issues
- Career Issues
- Stress Reduction
- Motivation and Goal-Setting
- Social Phobia
- Sleep Problems
- Panic Attacks
- Sexual Issues
- Anger Management
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