Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which is sometimes called CBT therapy, is one of the psychology modalities that can be used to combat the impact of anxiety, depression and a host of other problem areas that clients typically find themselves struggling with. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a short term behaviour therapy that is designed to help people understand what emotions and thoughts are associated with their symptoms and how to change those emotions and thoughts to alleviate their symptoms. CBT is often used in conjunction with other longer term and short-term therapies especially here at Psych Company.
For example many clients think, “I’m not good enough” and/or “I can’t do it.” These negative thoughts can cause the client to feel depressed, low self-esteem, low energy, pessimistic, unmotivated and discouraged. These feelings and thoughts prevent the client from taking action and trying new or scary things. When we don’t take action we never get the opportunity to disprove the negative belief that “I am not good enough” and as result build our self esteem and realize that “we are good enough” and “we can do it.” Shifting our negative thought to something more positive, For example, “I won’t be good enough or perfect when I start but if I just try I will learn and I will get better and improve over time” can help us to change our behavior which leads to us changing our lives for the better.
CBT for depression and anxiety have been proven to be as effective as medication in some cases which means that CBT is a good option for people who want relief from their depression and anxiety but are hesitant to take medication or find that medications do not work for them. CBT for anxiety and CBT for depression both use similar approaches to help people understand that they can control their reaction to negative thoughts and triggers. It helps clients realize that they can take control of their depression and anxiety symptoms.
How CBT Works
Unlike other types of talk therapy CBT is designed sometimes designed as limited term therapy that usually lasts between six and ten months. Here at Psych Company we combine it with an array of other therapy approaches as we find this helps clients get the best results and because we find that a 1 size fits all approach to different clients and client issues doesn’t help clients get the best results. In CBT the focus of the therapy is on a specific problem or symptom. Together the person and the therapist work to uncover the automatic thoughts and feelings that the person has which are contributing to that particular symptom or problem. Then together the individual and the therapist work to change the dysfunctional thought to a more positive thought which can get rid of the symptom and change the way that the person responds to negative thoughts.
An automatic thought is usually the result of a connection that the person makes in childhood. A child that doesn’t get a lot of love or attention from their parents but who gets praised for their athletic ability might develop an automatic thought that they are only lovable for their athletic ability and if they lose that ability they won’t be lovable. If someone with that automatic thought has an injury or illness that makes it impossible for them to be athletic they might develop depression and anxiety.
CBT will help that person change that dysfunctional automatic thought and replace it with a positive thought that will not trigger feelings of anxiety, worthlessness, or fear. The person can do this type of replacing dysfunctional thoughts with affirming thoughts to combat persistent problems and to help eliminate the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
During CBT sessions patients and therapists may use many different techniques like role-playing, journaling, art therapy, talk therapy, and more to get the desired result. This type of approach gives the individual the chance to find a treatment protocol that works for them instead of trying to force them to work with one prescribed type of treatment.
By employing many different types of treatment a therapist can help an individual learn where their negative thoughts came from and then how to change those negative thoughts.
Who Should Consider CBT
CBT is a good fit for almost anyone that wants a practical and results oriented therapy that will help them deal with depression and anxiety and eliminate the root causes of the symptoms that they are experiencing.
This type of therapy is also very highly recommended for people who have had trouble tolerating medication for depression and anxiety and for people who don’t want to take medications because they are worried about the sometimes intense side effects of medication. Goal-oriented talk therapy through CBT can be an extremely effective and permanent way to deal with the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
CBT For Depression And Anxiety
There are a lot of different types of issues that can be treated effectively with CBT. But CBT has been proven to be a very effective way to deal with depression and anxiety because CBT focuses on identifying the thought patterns that trigger feelings of doom, dread, anxiousness, worthlessness, and hopelessness that are associated with depression and anxiety.
By seeing the pattern of how their negative thoughts trigger the symptoms of depression and anxiety it becomes easier for a person to understand how they can change those patterns. Realizing that they can change their thought patterns and improve their lives is very empowering.
In addition to depression and anxiety CBT is also a very effective treatment for:
- Eating disorders
- Panic attacks
If you have been experiencing severe symptoms of depression or anxiety you should consider trying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to address your negative thoughts and change the way that you react to triggers that can set off the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Talk to a qualified CBT practitioner at Psych Company today to find out more about CBT and how it can help you change the way that you think in order to help change your life. You don’t have to continue to suffer from the symptoms of depression and anxiety.