[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”CBT COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a useful tool that can help overcome negative or inaccurate thinking. It is provided by means of a therapist and consists of sessions in which the patient discusses their feelings and thoughts. The therapist then helps the patient reason on their feelings to overcome negative viewpoints.
BENEFITS OF CBT
Being aware of thoughts that influence your actions is the first step in gaining control over your life. Before you can find a solution to your problems, you need to identify the cause. Discussing your viewpoints with a professional can provide a clearer view of challenging situations and help identify the path to overcome them.
WHO CAN BENEFIT
Anybody can benefit from CBT. It is useful in many aspects of life and can help overcome feelings of anxiety, grief, despair, or issues with relationships. For those who face mental health concerns, CBT can be of great help. It can help with:
- Sleep disorders
- Sexual disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Eating disorders
- Substance use disorders
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sessions are most commonly in an individual setting. During the first session, the therapist will gather information about your concerns and any current or past history of emotional or physical trauma.
It may take several sessions before the therapist can identify the best path of treatment for your individual needs. It may include medication if both the patient and therapist decide that would be helpful.
These first sessions are also a valuable time for you to learn about the therapist. Understand their approach and decide if they are a good fit for you. Finding a therapist you feel comfortable with can produce the greatest benefit.
Typically, there are four steps that are followed. First, identifying situations or conditions that are troubling in your life. These can include any situation that you may be facing such as a medical condition or a divorce. Second, learn to be aware of your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs about these situations. After you have identified the problem, you will be encouraged to share your feelings about them.
Third, identifying negative and inaccurate thinking. This will help you recognize patterns of thinking that contribute to the problem. Fourth, challenge the negative and inaccurate thinking. You will be called on to reason on the situation and whether or not your thoughts truly reflect the situation. CBT can be difficult initially, but it is an effective way to help patients recognize their problems and overcome them.