Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is often the treatment of choice for most major mental health conditions, but what is CBT? Cognitive-behavioral therapy is unique among talk therapy methods because it emphasizes the present circumstances of the patient.
Unlike psychodynamic therapy or psychoanalysis, which involve reflecting on the ways a patient’s history has influenced their current state, cognitive-behavioral therapy is strongly rooted in present concerns. Rather than trying to answer the question of “why” a patient feels a certain way or suffers from a certain mental health condition, cognitive-behavioral therapy works to provide them with actionable tools to help them cope with their situation. As such, cognitive-behavioral therapy tends to be a very goal-directed form of talk therapy.
After an initial evaluation and assessment, individuals engaged in cognitive-behavioral therapy work with a clinical psychologist to set specific concrete goals for treatment. Cognitive-behavioral therapy treatment is often finite, with a clearly delineated beginning and end to treatment. When the goals set by the client and clinician are met, treatment either ends or new goals are devised.
The basic concept behind cognitive-behavioral therapy is that mental processes have a direct impact on behavior. By helping a patient develop healthier and more realistic thinking habits, a cognitive-behavioral therapist can help improve their behavior as well. During treatment, clinicians work with clients to identify problematic thinking patterns and behaviors. Over time, clients work to develop healthier alternatives that aid rather than hinder them in living their lives.
Over the last few decades, cognitive-behavioral therapy has come to be accepted as one of the most effective evidence-based treatment modalities. It is effective for a wide range of mental health disorders and addictions. Given that many mental illnesses emerge from specific behaviors and ways of thinking, CBT is ideally suited to addressing them. Not only does cognitive-behavioral therapy alleviate the symptoms associated with these disorders, it also provides effective tools for people to cope with ongoing symptoms and function normally in their lives.
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