My main focus on how I provide psychotherapy is using the Cognitive-Behavioral Model (CBT).
Here are some benefits I have found to be helpful with CBT.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps clients learn about coming up with their own solutions by talking out their problems. By repeating the mindful practice of logical thinking, clients can begin to be their own coach. This is self-empowering.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tends to be shorter term making the average number of sessions about 16 give or take. A briefer time period can be a very attractive therapy option for people who are leading very busy lives.
- CBT is beneficial for all types of issues, and emphasizes the importance of the client’s goal setting, realistic objectives to meet those goals, and continually reassessing the client’s satisfaction with therapy outcomes.
- CBT has been around for a long time, and the clinical research demonstrating its variety of benefits is available to potential clients to read.
- CBT emphasizes the cause and effect relationship as it pertains to the sequence of feelings-thoughts-behavior. Gaining insight into this connection helps clients: reduce overall frequency, intensity, and duration of the problematic feelings which are occurring. Using anxiety as an example, CBT helps clients stabilize their anxiety so that they are better able to function productively on a daily basis. When the core conflict (i.e. source of anxiety) is resolved, it enhances the client’s ability to effectively cope with anxiety-provoking stressors. An example of this is when a client learns that chronic worrying is an indication that the problem is so intimidating to face, and instead becomes out of reach of someone’s emotional awareness.
- CBT helps clients identify when “self-talk” creates a vicious cycle of negative thoughts. CBT assists clients to instill a more realistic and self-empowering approach to perceiving and processing information from external environmental stimuli.
- CBT incorporates mindful self-discipline techniques such as the “thought-stopping technique”, a visual guided imagery exercise. Another problem solving strategy is the “paradoxical intervention technique” in which clients face head on the problematic behavior patterns such as chronic worry, and schedule intervals of time to “push through” the mental road blocks of feeling weighed down by the pressures of chronic worry.
- CBT encourages clients to use these types of cognitive -restructuring exposures to address undesired thoughts and feelings resulting in better coping strategies.
- CBT assists clients in strategies such as “positive reinforcement” creating new associations with old negative feelings and introducing an “anchor” reprinting a motivational state for positive change. Repeating this exercise over and over again eventually results in a desired change in feelings, thoughts and behavior.
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