Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is one of the most popular types of therapy for mental health. Extensive research has been done on CBT and it has been shown to be effective in improving depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety and various other conditions.
CBT believes that negative thoughts and behaviors cause the development and continuation of psychological conditions. Hence, CBT focuses on teaching people to how to manage their conditions by managing their thoughts and behaviors.
Many times when something happens in our life, we have certain thoughts that cause us to feel a certain way about the situation. Some of these thoughts are obvious to us, while other thoughts are more subconscious in nature (we may not even know that we are thinking in that manner). CBT helps us to uncover these thoughts and get a better understanding of why we feel and react the way we do. It is important to note that other than our thoughts, our beliefs and attitudes also affect our reactions to situations.
A therapist's role is to introduce you to various techniques that can help you manage your thoughts. They also help you to improve how you use those techniques in your daily life. The approach of CBT might sound simple, but it's amazing how difficult it can be to identify your own thought processes. That's why a therapist's non-bias assessment of your progress is so helpful in your journey to recovery.
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