Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (a brief explanation)




A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) professional is trained to guide their clients to [learn how to] liberate themselves from stressful misconceptions about their own reality, by coming up with different explanations of what may be going on around them. Their aim is to help them "learn to identify and alter ... dysfunctional beliefs" and replace them with "more reality-oriented interpretations". (1)  

Disorders for which CBT claims efficacy include "children and adolescents, trauma survivors, developmentally delayed individuals, people with traumatic brain injuries and their families and many others". (0

The following is an example of CBT application on the case of an OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) patient who's problematic behavior revolves around the uncontrollable monitoring of household appliances. The aim is to help the patient realize that "the problem is not one of danger at all, but one of worry about danger" (1):    



Disordered or not, these highly tailored learning experiences are expected to transform stressful ideas like I am worthless, into I have value; like My friends show up late because they don't like me into My friends show up late because they're disorganizedThese practices are built on the idea that "there may be an altogether different way of thinking about the problem". (1)   













(0) http://www.psychotherapy.net/data/uploads/5110394f10a74.pdf 

(1) http://www.gettingunstuck.com/cpu/PSY412/Overhead/COGNITIVE%20BEHAVIORAL%20THERAPY%20OH.pdf 


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