What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? What Can I Expect from It?

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? What Can I Expect from It?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic treatment prescribed for people who suffer from problems such as addiction, depression, anxiety, and various mental health conditions. This type of therapy focuses on helping people to learn how to identify negative thought patterns and change destructive behaviour and emotions.

It is critical to eliminate spontaneous negative thoughts; otherwise, they can have a detrimental impact on your mood, way of thinking, and health as well.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is tailored to change the automatic negative thoughts that can lead to or worsen emotional difficulties and mental health. With the help of CBT, you identify these thoughts, challenge them, and replace them with more objective, positive, and realistic thoughts.

What Kind of Therapist Should I See for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

CBT is carried out by a certified and licensed psychotherapist as it is more than just identifying distorted and negative thought patterns. It involves a variety of techniques to treat the underlying causes. Some of the most popular techniques used in this therapy include writing a journal, role-playing, mental distractions, and relaxation techniques.

You can join one-on-one sessions or receive therapy in a group of people with similar problems. You can also book an appointment for online cognitive behaviour therapy. Geographical boundaries are not a constraint anymore.

What Does the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Involve? What Can I Expect During a CBT Session?

During the first session, your therapist will first discuss your problems, gather related information, and then ask what concerns you want to work on. To gain a deeper understanding of your problem, the therapist will likely ask about your present and past emotional and physical health. The therapist may also discuss whether you will benefit from other treatments such as medications.

The first session is also an opportunity for you to see if the psychotherapist is a good match for you and whether you are feeling comfortable talking about your problems or not. So, make sure that you understand the approach of the psychotherapist, the best treatment plan for you, your treatment goals, the length of each session, and how many sessions you might need.

During a typical CBT session, your therapist will talk to you about your feelings and thoughts and what difficulties you are having. At first, you may find it hard to open up about your feelings or share your past experiences. However, your therapist can help you gain more confidence and feel comfortable.

In general, CBT typically focuses on specific problems because it is a goal-oriented therapy. As you continue with the therapy, your therapist will ask you to do homework, such as some activities, reading, or practices what you will learn during therapy sessions in your daily life. 

The approach taken by a psychotherapist for CBT will depend on your particular problem and preference. Sometimes, CBT is also combined with another therapeutic approach, such as interpersonal therapy that focuses on your relationships with other people.

If you are struggling with any mental health problem, book an appointment for online cognitive behavioural therapy now.

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