215. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy comes up often as a treatment for anxiety and depression, as well as other unpleasant conditions of the psyche, but what exactly is it?  Stephanie Larsen, a psychotherapy provider, provides her definition of CBT below.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a theoretical orientation and intervention for various areas of mental health concerns. It is, in brief, the process of aiding the client in identifying their views of themselves, the world, and their perceived future. It is finding the core schemas or beliefs behind an individual’s thinking, evaluating their rationality/ use, and creating new, more realistic and helpful ways of thinking. It is not just making everything “sunshine and rainbows” but turning thoughts of “nobody loves me” into “Not everyone may love me but I have several family, friends, and supporters that do genuinely care about me.” Helpful throughout the process is identifying cognitive distortions or things such as all-or-nothing thinking, predicting, catastrophizing, emotional reasons (I feel so therefore it is true), etc.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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3 Responses to 215. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  1. Would be interesting to see results of a poll along the lines of how many people have benefitted from CBT. Effects seem to be wearing off for me – but maybe there is some residual benefit!

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