The CBT Approach

About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a solutions oriented psychological treatment.

CBT helps to change the way people think, feel and behave. CBT is particularly suitable for specific problems such as phobias, panic attacks, GAD, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our feelings and behaviors are not really caused by the situations and events occurring around us, but by the way in which we think about and interpret those situations and events.  The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think, feel, and act even if we can’t always change the situations around us

Outcome of CBT

CBT teaches individuals to challenge their worries about stressful situations rather than accept anxious thoughts as the truth. In CBT, anxiety sufferers are encouraged to generate more realistic expectations of situations and their ability to cope with them. When people are unsure how to handle a particular set of circumstances, therapists model or provide instruction in effective coping strategies. Prepared with a new mindset, individuals then gradually face their fearful situations by breaking the challenges down into small, manageable steps. Overtime, clients treated with CBT are able to more easily make realistic, non-anxious interpretations of situations and they come to understand that avoidance of feared situations only makes matters worst. Through CBT, clients learn that the best way to get past anxiety is to face it head on and approach stressful situations until they become used to them.

Timespan

CBT is typically brief and time-Limited and is considered among the most rapid in terms of results obtained.  What enables CBT to be briefer is that it is specifically goal oriented, highly instructive, and the fact that it makes use of homework assignments for between-session growth. 

Research

Research tell us that Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) is the best treatment for anxiety problems.  It is better than treatment with medication alone and has been shown to be more effective than treatment approaches that are less structured, directive, or specifically goal oriented.