“We would rather be ruined than changed, we would rather die in our dread, than climb the cross of the moment, and let our illusions die.” W. H. AUDEN
Often we take one kernel of truth about a problem or situation, and CBT helps with seeing more of the whole story.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
CBT helps clients change unhelpful thinking and behavior, and this may lead to enduring improvement in mood and functioning.
CBT uses a variety of cognitive and behavioral techniques, with problem-solving approaches borrowed from many psychotherapeutic modalities. These include dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), gestalt therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing.
CBT concepts include:
- Cognitive formulation – the beliefs and behavioral problems that characterize a specific disorder
- Conceptualization – understanding individual clients and their specific beliefs or patterns of behaviorCognitive model – the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself
- Automatic thoughts – ideas that seem to pop up in your mind