The mind is capable of directing one’s perception, the manner of interpretation and demonstrating actions that it desires to present. In person’s suffering from some forms of mental disorders, researchers believe that cognitive function has basically an important function in modifying and controlling the physiological and behavioral symptoms until such time that they can regain control of situations that primarily lead them to these types of psychological distress.
What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioral therapy is the type of therapy that most mental health professionals recommend to improve the mind and to modify actions of individuals.
Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is a form of psychotherapy intended to help individuals who have problems with anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and eating disorders to name a few. It’s the most widely used therapy because of its known efficacy and benefits.
How does it work?
CBT involves interactive sessions, both personal and online, with a mental health professional to talk about the person’s problems and related concerns. The family, friends, and significant persons, who are connected to the person, are also included in some of the sessions as they have an important role to play in the therapy and recovery phase. The therapy consists of 10-20 sessions lasting for one hour and should take place once a week.
The therapist will include several methods or therapeutic strategies to help the person overcome his/her mental problems. Some of these methods are the following (adapted from The John Hopkins Guides):
- Providing information to promote awareness and to help understand the nature of mental illness
- Helping the person to identify, to challenge and to replace dysfunctional and maladaptive thoughts with adaptive, realistic, and coping thoughts
- In cases of fears and phobias, allowing the person to face them and to reduce avoidance patterns of behavior
- Encouraging to engage in pleasurable and useful activities to divert one’s attention and to use social support for guidance.
- Engaging in relaxation techniques
- Conducting out-of-session practice to facilitate the acquisition and mastery of coping skills
- Preventing from relapse episodes by practicing CBT skills and be able to develop proactive plan for adaptive coping mechanisms
Will it work for me?
Experts’ take on the efficacy of CBT are well documented in many scholarly papers and research gateways. Significant studies have proven that CBT helps in improving one’s way of thinking, feeling and acting on their emotional and mental health problems.
Nonetheless, it is more proper to say that the success of treatment does not only depends on the therapy and its procedures. It still goes down to the fact that personal decisions and commitment are major factors in your recovery.