Therapy Tuesday: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that first formed in the 1960’s. Aaron T. Beck noticed that his patients seemed to have ongoing internal conversations with themselves, their thoughts were not controlled, and often had a strong impact on the patient. His goal was to empower patients to reframe their thoughts and responses, as well as the impulses they experienced as a result.

Patients who are best helped with CBT therapy are those who suffer from anxiety, eating, sleep, substance abuse, and other disorders.

The process involves 4 steps, and during these a patient will learn how to identify thoughts which are triggering distress, manage their response to them, and reframe them. This reduces the emotional impact while also teaching skills for managing life in general.

It has been so effective that CBT is one of the two pillars of DBT therapy. I tend to think of DBT as being a therapy that grew from CBT and its success in helping patients.

I’ll break down each of the steps over the next few weeks with more detail. There’s a lot of information to cover, so a few of the posts may be longer than I’ve posted recently. I hope it helps you find out more about options to help yourself heal.

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