If you’re here at this blog page, chances are you’re already open to the idea of improving your mental health through therapy. Maybe for yourself, or for your loved one, you’re aware of the many benefits of therapy.
Whether you’re brand new to therapy, or have been a patient for years, picking at those emotional scabs can sometimes feel like it hurts more than helps, especially when you have to face something new and challenging. Many patients feel scared, nervous, defensive, and sometimes even aggressive when it’s suggested they begin cognitive behavioural therapy.
That’s why in today’s blog we’re going to talk about this niche form of therapy so that you can make an informed decision about pursuing this method as a treatment option.
What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
It sounds really fancy and intimidating, we know. You may have heard people call it “brainwashing” or “thought conditioning,” two wildly inaccurate and harmful stigmas. Many people have been through CBT and seen benefits that took them from surviving to thriving. So let’s dispel these stigmas and get down to the facts.
First of all, CBT is a form of psychotherapy, which is also called talk therapy. What makes CBT so special that it gets its own name? This form of therapy is geared towards relearning how to think about certain situations. It aims to treat underlying causes of mood swings and compulsive actions through strategy and dialogue. Often times, it’s practiced in tandem with other forms of therapy or medicinal prescriptions to produce the best treatment results.
Which Mental Illnesses Does CBT Help?
Considering not all people are the same, it’s safe to say that not all mental illnesses are either. So keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive or ranked in any way. It’s simply a list of the most common diagnosed illnesses that CBT has been shown to help.
- Anxiety Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
How Does CBT Help?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is founded on the idea that our thoughts directly and heavily influence actions; our actions are only symptoms of damaged perceptions of reality. The treatment consists of identifying these harmful thoughts and perceptions and recalibrating. In therapy, you’ll relearn how to think and view your world the way that it actually exists rather than how you view it now — through a tinted lens of fear, paranoia, stress, or disgust.
Once you determine what perceptions are accurate and which are not, you learn healthy techniques and strategies to help you curb impulses, stall harmful thoughts, relieve stress, and overcome challenges.
Who Should I See?
It’s important to find a therapist you feel safe and comfortable around. In doing your research, you should look for experience, education, and certifications. When you go in for your appointment, trust your gut. Listen to your Jiminy Cricket and be aware of how you’re feeling in the office, how the therapist is approaching your treatment, and if your goals align.
Dr. Andy Brown
The aim of CBT isn’t to dig up old wounds and confront them but rather to explore your emotions in a safe space and find ways to help yourself regulate those mood swings. Having volatile emotions is a challenge for everyone involved, so finding a way to regulate, moderate, and mitigate those feelings are critical to living successfully.
Dr. Andy Brown is a talented, empathetic therapist who has years of experience in guiding patients through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and helping them discover a life they find worth living. To start your journey to relearning joy, call today to schedule an appointment.