What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
What is It?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the belief that our thoughts cause our feelings, and then based on our feelings we engage in a chosen behavior. Have you ever been upset about something, and then when you thought about it decided there was nothing you can do to control or change it – and then suddenly you felt much better? That is a simplified explanation of how CBT works!
What we think ——> Effects how we feel ——> Results in what we do
We all have unhelpful thoughts that cause us to feel upset, and sometimes, lead to us to behaving in an unhelpful way. Often, we are unaware of our thoughts since our reaction have become so automatic throughout the years that we are not even aware of them. All we know is that after that thing happened, I now feel upset. This can cause trouble in our work life, home life, feelings of self-worth, and our mental health.
How Can it Help?
CBT helps us recognize that our chosen thoughts and behaviors are sometimes self-defeating, despite being perceived as useful in the short-term. It examines those thought-feeling-behavior patterns which can keep one feeling stuck and dissatisfied with life.
Treatment is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client. Through regular cognitive and behavioral exercises and assignments, one develops a sense for what is and is not in one’s control. Clients learn the power of habitual positive thinking, become more aware of their behavior choices, and begin to experience the changes they desire.