Don't Panic! Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be Your Life Raft.
Nov 08, 2018
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on a particular way an individual thinks and behaves to deal successfully with their emotional, behavioral and social issues. It is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the "here and now" rather than past events. CBT works by changing our behaviors and beliefs by learning new strategies to help cope with the issues and problems we currently face. This form of therapy differs from the others as the client is more involved in the treatment process. CBT helps in solving issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and many others. CBT deals with negative thoughts by showing it is never the event itself that upsets us but rather the meanings we give to them. When we take away those meanings, we take away the power they have over us. By breaking down massive and frightening problems into smaller more manageable ones, we are then able to deal with them in a more positive light.
How does CBT work with Anxiety?
Anxiety attacks are also known as panic
attacks which are episodes of intense panic or fear. These attacks can
occur suddenly without any warning and can be quite scary. CBT uses
relaxation techniques, mindfulness
meditation, controlled breathing and visualization methods which help
increase feelings of relaxation and emotional well-being.
How does CBT work with PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is
an anxiety disorder that can happen after a traumatic or
life-threatening event occurs. The symptoms can include flashbacks or
nightmares about the issue itself. CBT helps by teaching the client how
to identify the negative thought and find healthier coping mechanisms to
deal with the problem. CBT addresses the negative thoughts by using exposure therapy in a controlled and safe environment.
How does CBT work with Depression?
Since depression links to conflicting
feelings of self-worth and guilt, CBT can assist in changing the
negative thinking patterns by delving into the more firm core beliefs
that the client has embedded in their minds. Once the client realizes
that the negativity of their thoughts might appear valid, they
are distorted views of themselves seen in a more positive light.
CBT focuses on current presenting issues but teaches a way of focusing on current and future problem-solving. In this way, the client becomes, in effect, their therapist with many different strategies to help assist them in their future. They no longer have to depend on the therapist to ensure that their lives are happy and empowered. Stay afloat in a chaotic world with CBT; the one true life raft you need.For more information on CBT, contact us.