What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is a type of psychotherapy that teaches individuals to learn to recognize and change maladaptive thought patterns that negatively influence their beliefs, emotions, and actions. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders can often cause destructive and negative thought patterns. CBT helps people to learn to identify and replace these negative thoughts and replace them with more positive and realistic thoughts. The focus of CBT is on current circumstances and emotions rather than the past or childhood events and it can take place in individual or group counseling environments.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy equips individuals with coping strategies that help them deal with life’s challenges. For example, a counselor or therapist may ask you to practice writing down negative beliefs that come up during the week and then replacing them with positive ones. CBT is beneficial for those who struggle with depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, post traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions.

Benefits of CBT Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is widely used today in mental health and addiction treatment. This form of therapy is beneficial in that it teaches skills that have long-term benefits, it helps dismiss false beliefs and insecurities, and can show results in as few as three to four sessions.

Recovery is a lifelong process that requires skills and tools that can be relied upon in the long run. Skills taught in CBT can be practiced outside of the therapist’s office and implemented whenever they are needed.

Diagram showing how CBT therapy explores the relationship between feelings, behavior, and thoughts.

CBT therapy can help better equip individuals in recovery for situations when they are faced with triggers or fall into thought patterns that could lead to a relapse. CBT also helps people to learn to better identify and remove negative and self-defeating beliefs and actions which can lead to relapse. Substituting old habits that contribute to substance use or mental health issues with positive thoughts and actions aids in long term recovery. Lastly, the benefits from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be seen within as little as three to four sessions. Action focused, rapid treatment is necessary in treating addiction and mental health disorders as they are prone to relapse, especially in early recovery.

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