Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the powerful role of thinking in how we feel and what we do.
Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches us that when our brains are healthy, it is our thinking that causes us to feel and act the way we do.
Therefore, it is important to identify thinking patterns that are causing unwanted feelings and behaviors.
And, then we learn to replace them with thinking patterns that lead to more desirable feelings and behaviors.
Cognitive Emotional Response is the scientific fact that our thoughts cause our feels and behaviors, not external things: like people, events or situations.
The fact is we can change the way we think in order to feel and act better even if the situation has not changed.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is considered among the "fastest" in terms of results obtained. Other forms of therapy, like psychoanalysis, can take years.
What enables CBT to be briefer (across all types of problems) is its highly instructional nature and the fact that it makes use of homework assignments.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client.
Cognitive Behavioral therapists seek to learn what their clients want out of life (their goals) and then help their clients achieve those goals.
The therapist's role is to listen, teach, and encourage, while the client's roles is to ask questions, learn, and apply what they learn to their life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy does not tell people how to feel. It teaches you how to make wise decisions.
Most people seeking therapy do not want to feel the way they do.
Cognitive behavioral therapists want to gain a clear understanding of their clients concerns; so they ask many questions. They also encourage their clients to ask questions of themselves.
CBT is structured and directive. Cognitive behavioral therapists have a specific agenda for each session. Specific techniques and concepts are taught during each session.
Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on helping the client achieve the goals they have set.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is directive in that respect. However, CBT therapists do not tell their clients what to do -- rather, they teach their clients "how to" do.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on an educational model with the scientifically supported assumption that most emotional and behavioral reactions are learned.
Therefore, the goal of CBT is to help clients learn new and healthy ways of thinking-feeling-behaving.
The educational emphasis of Cognitive behavioral therapy has an additional benefit--it leads to long term results.
When people experience their healthy and happy lives, they will continue using their skills.
A central aspect of rational thinking is that it is based on fact, not assumptions.
Often, we upset ourselves about things when, in fact, the situation isn't like we thought it was.
There are 13 very common mental mistakes that people make that cause them to not have the facts straight.
Change your thinking to be in line with how the situation really is.