Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a very popular approach to counseling and there are many reasons why it is so loved by counselors and clients alike.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment most often used for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression related to general life stressors.
CBT is based on the premise that much of our distress is based on unhealthy or maladaptive thinking patterns. With these unhelpful patterns of thinking in place, we may also develop unhelpful behavior patterns that get in the way of us fulfilling our goals or having healthy relationships.
But there is good news! People with these unhealthy thinking and behavioral patterns can change the way they think and behave to find relief for their symptoms of distress. And, CBT helps them do just that.
How Effective is CBT?
CBT is one of the most researched treatment protocols for depression and anxiety. For decades, studies have confirmed that CBT is just as effective as medication management for these concerns, yet provides faster relief and less recurrence of symptoms when compared to medication alone.
How Does CBT Work?
The psychologists and counselors at BPC often incorporate Cognitive Behavioral approaches as they create a unique treatment plan for each individual or couple. Through the use of CBT, individuals should feel more empowered, less self-critical, and more grounded in their strengths. They should feel less bogged down by difficult thoughts that keep them from accomplishing their goals, feeling joy, and experiencing the best parts of life.
CBT is a wonderful approach to therapy. Just ask your counselor about these approaches as you are forming your treatment plan and goals together.