What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a helpful tool to help identify and manage challenges. The goal of CBT is to change the pattern of negative behaviors and negative thinking.
CBT can be effective for individuals struggling with:
- Mental illness
- Life stresses
- Mood disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Eating disorders
- Panic attacks
CBT helps individuals to identify challenges and learn to cope with the struggles. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be done one to one, or in small group sessions.
How does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy work?
CBT is a structured and targeted program that typically requires fewer sessions than other therapies.
There are a few steps to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These can include:
- Identifying the struggles and negative thoughts
- Learning coping mechanisms
- Creating short and long term goals
- Practicing strategies outside of sessions
- Reflecting on progress
The psychotherapist will often ask questions to learn more about the individual’s challenges. They will ask about the individual’s thoughts and feelings, about their challenges and then they will guide the individual through practicing techniques that will help to address the concerns. The psychotherapist will also encourage the individual to practice what they’re learning in daily life.
During CBT sessions, the psychotherapist might teach tools such as:
- Facing fears, instead of avoiding them
- Learning coping mechanisms such as breathing techniques to calm the body
- Using role play to model how to interact with others
While other therapies focus on the individual’s past experiences and history, CBT tends to focus on the individual’s current challenges. This creates a more targeted therapy that focuses on managing specific concerns.
If you have further questions about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Children’s Wellness and Developmental Center at 732-919-1335.