Behaviors are the result of feelings, and feelings are the result of thoughts. Thus, if you can begin to change the way you think, you can inevitably change your behavior. This is the basic principle behind cognitive-behavioral therapy. Your cognitive state and your behavior are connected. Undesired behaviors, such as anxiety or depression, can then be lessened, if not entirely eradicated, simply by discovering the thought processes that began the downward spiral into your depressed state. Here are just a few of the many benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Identifies the cause of your behavior
Behaving in a way that is unfavorable to you without knowing why or how to stop yourself is frustrating. Let’s say, hypothetically, that you have an irrational fear of getting behind the wheel of a car. It interferes with your daily life, but you can’t seem to fix this behavior. Your inability to change may be irritating and you may struggle to find solutions, but unless you know the root cause of your problem, it will be difficult to make progress. Cognitive-behavioral therapy digs deep to uncover the origin of an undesired behavior. Perhaps the reason for your fear of driving directly relates to an accident you were involved in several years ago that left you traumatized. Your therapist can work with you to help you properly process that event in a way that will set you free from its long-term effects. This method can also be used for any other fear as well as addictions.
Sets you free from your thoughts
Whether you’re suffering from a condition as severe as depression, or merely being controlled by a minor bad habit, it is possible to be set free from your thoughts. How incredible would it be to recognize negative thoughts as they enter your mind and choose not to let them affect your mood? This doesn’t mean you can control what you think, but you can absolutely control your response to those thoughts with a bit of hard work and practice.
You’re a wonderful human being, with gifts and talents to share with the world. You were created to live a full and happy life. Your mind should never have the power to prevent you from enjoying yourself and those around you. By being set free from whatever holds you back (i.e. anxiety, addictions, depression) through the use of therapy, you can begin to see the real you. The happy you. Your therapist has dedicated their life to helping you improve yours. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We would be more than happy to offer professional assistance.