CBT Therapy Improved

 

My take on CBT Therapy

Here is a short description of what I have integrated CBT ideas in my practice.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) has contributed greatly to the psychotherapy field because it proved scientifically that psychotherapy works and that improvements can be made within 6-8 sessions.

I have my own take on CBT and I integrate some key aspects of it in my practice, while I use other schools of therapy to overcome the pitfalls of CBT.

CBT delivers on what it promises without fail

  • It is short term

  • It is focussed on a specific problems

  • It teaches tools and techniques to deal with symptoms

  • It provides a clear protocol to follow

It is a therapeutic method based on two main points

  1. Changing thoughts means changing the way we perceive and make sense of the world

  2. Engaging in new behaviours to test beliefs and change them

The biggest contributions of CBT therapy…

CBT ideas are easy to understand, which ensures that client and therapist are on the same page, agree on an agenda, and get the work done.

CBT has described extremely well thought patterns and belief systems that people with anxiety, OCD, PTSD, depression and other mental health issues have.

You can go on any CBT website to read about anxiety and you will soon say “Yes! This is exactly what is happening to me!”.

The B of CBT, which stands for behaviour, is key to the success of therapy. It is only when your behaviour outside of therapy changes that you feel better.

… And the biggest pitfalls of CBT therapy

CBT considers certain emotions to be negative. This is a problem because it might make you believe that you can control your emotions by changing your thoughts.

My approach is to consider thoughts, beliefs and emotions together and understand why they are there, and what makes them remain active. Change happens much faster this way and does not involve discarding or stopping unwanted thoughts.

CBT gives the impression that you can change beliefs at your will. Many CBT worksheets are brilliant when it comes to registering thoughts and moods, but end with the simple idea that, once you have given counter-evidence to the beliefs, you can change them. I have seen this working only with beliefs that do not run deep.

My approach is to understand why that belief is there, when was it created, and what keeps it in place in the present. It is only after you identify what function the belief has in the present, that you can shift it. Beliefs go away not because of counter-evidence, but when they are no longer needed.

CBT holds a simple view of the psyche, which does not grasp the complexity of human life.

Sometimes you might convince yourself that what CBT is telling is the only way to improve your mental health. This is reassuring but not completely true.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about how I integrate CBT in my therapeutic approach.