What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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Claudia Hammond examines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to find out if it is, as some people think, the easy option in helping them come to terms with mental illness.

It is the biggest investment in talking therapies that there has ever been: 300 million pounds over three years on training an army of more than 3,000 therapists in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT. The first trainees are just about to graduate. But the programme asks, with the help of BBC Radio 4 listeners, if it is a scheme which will make a real difference or is it just a quick fix?

CBT has been branded a panacea for treating mental illness. Some people think it would be easier to have a course of this than to delve into their past and address their relationships with their parents. Yet is a course of CBT that easy? In reality, it examines behavioural patterns and sees how they can be changed in order to deal with situations better. But change is sometimes hard to come to terms with, so CBT might not be the easy option.

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If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won’t be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.

Research over the last 40 years or so has found CBT to be helpful for all manner of problems, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain, anger, sexual problems, and the list goes on. But what exactly is it?

CBT is probably best understood by what it is trying to achieve. The main premise of CBT is that problems develop as a consequence of learnt ways of thinking (cognition) and behaving, and that learning new ways of thinking and behaving will have more helpful impacts on emotions and well-being...

Continue reading Peter McEvoy's article: What is cognitive behavior therapy?

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for improving mental health. Guided by empirical research, CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviors, and emotional regulation. It was originally designed to treat depression, and is now used for a number of mental health conditions...

Continue reading the Wikipedia article on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Related Topics

If you’re interested in cognitive behavioral therapy, check out some of the following related topics for more resources:

 CognitionEmotionMental IllnessPsychology | Stoicism

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