Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy is a systematic and goal-oriented treatment, based on scientific research and neuroscience.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders.
In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive psychotherapy is usually more focused on the present, more limited in duration, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.
Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy is a relatively short-term, focused therapy for clients who have a wide range of psychological problems like: Depressions, anxiety phobias, fears, relationship problems and personality disorders.
Cognitive behavior therapy is based on the cognitive model: The way we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally. We are interpreting our ”world” in many different ways.
The way people have learned to look at themselves, others and the ”world” will either help them or stop them to live a life in a good balanced mood. When people are in distress, their perspective is often inaccurate and their thoughts may be unrealistic.
Our way of thinking makes a big impact in how we emotionally feels and how we behave.
Psychological and psychiatric problems can develop a lot of dysfunctional core beliefs about our self, our self confidence and can limit our way of living a healthy life.
Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy helps people identify their distressing thoughts and evaluate how realistic the thoughts are. The psychotherapist learn clients to change their distorted thinking. Cognitive therapy helps the clients to learn, new effective self-help skills.
When clients are taught to think more realistically, they will feel better.
The emphasis in the therapy is consistently on solving problems and initiating behavioral changes. In every part of the therapy session a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist helps You to respond to inaccurate or unhelpful ideas and to decrease Your emotional suffering .
You will get help to understand what Your emotions do for You and the aim is to decrease the frequency of Your unwanted emotions.
Once You have learned to identify Your dysfunctional thinking You will be
helped to find more balanced and realistic concerns that can lead You to a healthy behavior
In every therapy session we design several behavioral experiments that You practice at home or at work. You also will have some homework after every therapy session.
"solving Problems and initiating behavioral changes"
What is good emotional health?
People who have good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have more healthy relationships.
However, many things that happen in your life can disrupt your emotional health and lead to strong feelings of sadness, stress, fear or anxiety. Depending on your vulnerability and what thoughts and feeling the situations evoked you can sometimes get ”stuck” in how to get rid of your unwanted emotional balance.
How can emotions affect Your health?
Your body always responds to the way you think, feel, and act. This is our mind/body connection. When you change a thought your body reacts. When you change a behaviour your brain changes. Your brain learns easily, but finds it hard to let go. Therefore a lot of situations you have been exposed to can be stored in your brain and affect you in unwanted ways. When you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your body reacts in a way that might tell you that something isn’t right. For example, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer might develop after a particularly stressful event.
Your body is always giving You different signs that your emotional health is out of balance:
Sleeping problems - Weight loss or gain - Chest pain - Extreme Fatigue - General or specific pains - High blood pressure - Sexual problems - Mood Swings - Palpitations, the feeling that your heart is racing, shortness of breath.
The psychotherapist and client relation.
Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy is an active therapy where You work together with Your therapist to gain control over Your unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
You need to be motivated to work with Your problems.
In cognitive behavioral psychotherapy it is always an open dialogue between the therapist and client. No secrets should exist between us about the way the therapist choose to work or what kind of problems or diagnosis you may have.
Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy is very useful and helpful for people who suffer all types of anxiety problems and disorders like:
Generalized and separation anxiety
Performance phobia/ anxiety
Fear of flying
Fear of animals and more specific phobias
Strong fear about being in open places, using public transportation, being utside home
Borderline personality disorder
Relationsships problems, distress with spouse or intimate partner
Posttraumatic stress disorder