Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
If you have ever interacted with a therapist, a counsellor, or a clinician in a professional setting, you have likely participated in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. If you have ever heard friends or loved ones talk about how a mental health professional helped them recognize their fears or sources of distress and aided them in altering their behavior to more effectively work towards their goals, you have heard about the impacts of CBT.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most used tools in the psychologist’s toolbox. It is based on a fairly simple idea which, when put into practice, can have wildly positive outcomes. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy aims to change our thought patterns and beliefs we may or may not know we hold, our attitudes, and ultimately our behavior in order to help us face our difficulties and more effectively strive towards our goals.
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You are shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.
There are helpful and unhelpful ways of reacting to a situation, often determined by how you think about them. For example, if your marriage has ended in divorce, you might think you have failed and that you are not capable of having another meaningful relationship. This could lead to you feeling hopeless, lonely, depressed and tired, so you stop going out and meeting new people. You become trapped in a negative cycle, sitting at home alone and feeling bad about yourself. Yet rather than accepting this way of thinking you could accept that many marriages end, learn from your mistakes and move on, and feel optimistic about the future. This optimism could result in you becoming more socially active and develop a new circle of friends. This is how Everlast Therapies can help you change your negative thought patterns and improve the way you feel.