What's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an efficient and evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach that treats a wide range of mental health challenges. CBT employs cognitive restructuring or framing to tackle a specific challenge.
What's Cognitive Restructuring
CBT helps in building strong coping skills while reframing and restructuring an individual's thought processes. In CBT, the therapist employs a technique called "Cognitive Restructuring" to identify situations and thoughts that trigger specific emotions and behavioural patterns.
Cognitive restructuring believes that distinct events or situations trigger specific negative or faulty thoughts. Moreover, thoughts provoke unfavourable emotions such as fear, sadness or even anger. A fearful, sad or an angry individual usually holds uncomfortable bodily sensations such as muscle strain, cramps or aches.
The combination of negative thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations usually alters an individual's normal behaviour, leading to the development of a specific undesirable behavioral pattern.
How's the therapeutic process in CBT
In CBT, the therapist first works with the client to pinpoint the situations that trigger specific emotions, negative thoughts and unwanted bodily sensations. After building a strong therapeutic alliance and identifying triggers, the therapist and the client further work to identify and modify disruptive or faulty automatic thoughts and replace them with more helpful ones that induce a positive and desirable behavioural pattern.
What's the efficacy of CBT
Multiple clinical trials previously demonstrated the efficacy of CBT as a valuable tool to address emotional challenges. CBT can help manage the symptoms of specific mental health challenges. It can also prevent the relapse of symptoms or their exacerbations.
CBT also teaches individuals coping techniques that helps them diminish automatic thoughts, unwanted behaviors, burdening emotions and psychosomatic pain.
Conditions that CBT can manage
The following list include some of the mental health challenges that CBT can treat or improve:
Specific Phobias such as agoraphobia, acrophobia and hydrophobia.
PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder).
OCD ( Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Relationship challenges (Marital, friendships or family related).