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What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?
CBT is a psychotherapy that is based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself.
One important part of CBT is helping clients change their unhelpful thinking and behavior that lead to enduring improvement in their mood and functioning.
For example, logically smoking makes no contribution to one’s health, let alone taking away from it, but one continues to smoke because of the mental associations with it. So is for sugar/chocolates when on a diet. The mind looks at it as deprivation and hence the cravings increase significantly.
CBT is one of the most successful forms of counselling since it allows for practical tools which can be implemented for self-empowerment. It is possibly the best way forward into building on the present strengths and enhancing them more towards the future.
Unlike traditional Psychotherapy and Counselling it focuses less onto the past/future and more on the existence in the here and now.
Benefits of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- CBT helps to identify negative thoughts and emotions and provides effective tools to deal with them.
- It prevents addiction lapse and creates a healthy mental and emotional balance on a day to day basis.
- It helps to overcome PTSD, chronic pain, grief and loss.
- CBT has shown clinically significant results in helping with panic disorders, anxiety issues, anger managemnet and depression.
- CBT is known to enhance thinking and insights to be more rational and emotionally balanced. A shift in beliefs about oneself and generally sense of calmness and relaxation are common by products of this work.
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