Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT groups a number of treatments that that confront patient issues in the « here and now » through practical exercises centered on observable behavioral symptoms.
CBT are brief, and scientifically validated (‘evidence-based’). Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT also help overcome invalidating symptoms.
The therapist intervenes on conscious or unconscious mental or cognitive processes that are considered to be at the root of emotional issues. There is an active collaboration between therapist and patient with generally a focus on current causes to problem behavior, or current effects of past events, in order to provoke change that can be assessed and is considered the major criterion of success of therapy.
Depending on the person’s situation, the therapist can choose from many different techniques stemming from research on similar issues or disorders: desensitization, response prevention and exposure (ERP), training in social skills, family therapy, group therapy…The new wave of CBT has also been enriched with meditation techniques (Mindfulness) and cognitive hypnotherapy.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a very helpful tool in treating mental disorders or illnesses, such as anxiety or depression. But not everyone who benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy has a mental health condition. It can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life events or transitions.
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