Understanding the Unique Power of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a powerful type of psychotherapeutic treatment used by counsellors in Calgary around the world. This well researched therapy helps eliminate negative thoughts that influence behaviors. In practice, many studies have shown Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to be more effective than medication at dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and phobias. At Living Well Counselling Services, our therapists have in-depth experience with CBT. Is CBT the right choice for you? Here are just a few of the valuable benefits this groundbreaking treatment can provide:
Cleanse Negative Thoughts from the Mind
One of the main goals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to help the individual become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, called “cognitive distortions”. This encourages a more positive approach to life and as these skills are learned, helping the individual view challenging situations in a more clear and hopeful way. The underlying idea behind CBT is that our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in our behavior. For example, if you spend a lot of time thinking about car accidents, then you may find yourself avoiding driving. Counsellors work with the individual to reduce negative thoughts through skillful means and this can ultimately have a powerful impact on our behavior. Some cognitive therapeutic techniques can even become automatic when practiced over time.
Learn To Accept Uncontrollable External Factors & Direct Energy to Powerful Places
Another key goal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to teach individuals that they cannot control every aspect of the world around them, and in trying to do so this can become draining, stressful and depressing. What they can control is how they interpret and manage the issues that arise in their environment. Humans have a strong internal locus of control as noticed within many choices throughout their day-to-day lives.
It Can Be used to Treat a Diverse Range of Issues Including Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Depression
Those who suffer from conditions like depression or anxiety often feel like there’s no end in sight. Fortunately, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been used to successfully treat both of these conditions, and many others. Here are just a few of the behavioral conditions which can be treated using CBT: -Phobias -Addictions -Depression -Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -Anxiety/Panic -General stress and as well as negative thought patterns.
CBT Succeeds Where Other Treatment Methods Have Failed
Counselling is constantly evolving. With CBT, counsellors have been able to succeed where many other treatment methods have failed. As mentioned above, CBT has been used to treat everything from phobias to depression. One of the things that makes CBT particularly effective is its commitment to self-analysis and introspection. What does that mean? It means the individual must be willing to spend time analyzing his or her own thoughts and feelings, and be willing to then do something about these, which is where the CBT tools come in. Self-analysis is rarely easy, but with the help of a Cognitive Behavioral therapist, it can lead to some spectacular results. And unlike with pills, medications, and other short-term treatment methods, these results encourage lifelong healing for many individuals. Typically, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a short-term treatment with an average of 8 to 12 sessions. Our Calgary Counsellors meet with patients once or twice weekly. Activities may include things like guided relaxation techniques, thought records, mental distractions, and role-playing all designed from a research informed perspective, rather than merely advice giving. It is far more than “the power of positive thinking”. Ultimately, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps the individual develop the unique skills they need to cope with the world around them. These coping skills play a critical role in stress management and are useful today and far into the future.
Visit Calgary’s Living Well Counselling Services today for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment
Living Well offers comprehensive counselling services. Many of our counsellors use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment as part of an integrative approach to healing. We offer a free 20-minute initial consultation to all prospective clients to help you find the right fit.