Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term type of psychotherapy blended with behavioral therapy. Typically, the process takes about five to ten months with sessions once a week that last about 50 minutes. The focus is that how one thinks effects how one feels. If someone can change the way they think about certain events, behaviors, situations, emotions, actions etc., they can change their feelings about the matter. Although the therapy itself is short-term, the skills one learns from the process can be used effectively for many years or even a lifetime. This is a very structured form of therapy with the client and therapist working to set weekly goals. The process is personalized for each client’s situation and requires dedication to the work that one needs to put in.
CBT is effective in treating a variety of psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to the following:
Eating Disorders- including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder (BED)
Anxiety Disorders- including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GED)
Mood Disorders- including Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder
A variety of phobias
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder
It is also effective in helping people deal with the symptoms of a few medical conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
There are many benefits to this type of therapy including:
Dealing with grief and loss
Overcoming difficulties in a relationship
Chronic pain management
Coping with addictive behavior urges
Identification of negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions
Although CBT is not right for everyone, it is one of the most well-researched forms of psychiatric therapy and has helped many people overcome their mental health issues.
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