Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a widely used psychological intervention therapy. It is acknowledged as one of the best, non-pharmacotherapy treatments for mental disorders. CBT focuses on developing personal coping skills and strategies to control and decrease the symptoms of many mental health disorders.
Further, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy teaches us to solve current problems and change unhelpful thought patterns in conditions, behaviours, and emotional regulation. While CBT originally developed to treat depression it is now recommended for many other mental health disorders.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
CBT is a combination of basic principles taken from behavioural and cognitive psychology. Rather than looking for unconscious meanings to problems, the hallmark of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy is instead problem focused and action orientated. CBT therapists assist patients in finding and practicing specific strategies to decrease the symptoms of mental health disorders.
As a result, CBT focuses on the idea that thought distortions and maladaptive behaviour not only plays a role in the development of mental health disorders but also in maintaining their hold over us. CBT is not used to diagnose a particular disease or disorder. Rather, therapists look at a person as a whole and decide what needs to be fixed.
What can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Treat?
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Substance Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Chronic Pain and Fatigue
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the first line treatment for children and teenagers suffering from mental heath disorders.
How does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Work?
CBT challenges us to change our damaging thought patterns and beliefs. It works to replace errors in thinking including:
- Magnifying negatives
- Minimising positives
Through the use of mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy teaches us to be more open, mindful and aware in order to diminish the impact of mental health disorders on our lives. It further teaches us to recognise how our thoughts and actions influence the way we feel and behave. CBT teaches problem solving to stop intrusive and destructive cyclical thought patterns and modify our reactions and behaviour. Rather than teaching avoidance of the issue, cognitive behavioural therapy teaches us to confront our issues and find strategies to cope with them.
If you would like to find out more about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or about our CBT workshops, please contact Creative Healing today.