CBT: Why is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy better?

 How is CBT different from other types of therapy? 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches you skills to take care of yourself, rather than relying on your therapist to help you solve problems indefinitely. All of the progress you make is attributable what you do in and outside of therapy.  We are not here to be your “forever therapist”. Rather, we’re hoping to become obsolete as you learn how to manage the challenges that come up in your life. 

CBT does not try to fix the cause of your problems. Rather, CBT targets the maladaptive thinking and behaviors that are prolonging them. 

There are behaviors that you might be engaging in, including the way you think about things, that prevent problems from resolving. 

It maybe that whatever you're doing to cope, even if it gives short-term relief, is prolonging the problem over time.

And, CBT has been shown in research to be the most effective treatment for most people, for many problems. ACT, or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, is a type of cognitive therapy that blends in mindfulness, acceptance of your current self and circumstances, and committed action, and is extremely effective as well.  To date, other therapies such as EMDR, Tapping, or Emotion-focused therapy, have not been proven to be better.  

Together, we'll work together to make plans for reducing the behaviors that are getting in the way of your best life.

There are no magic bells, buzzers, or lights in CBT. Just you, your therapist, and learning to take care of yourself. 

Click to read from the National Institutes of Health: Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is the Current Gold Standard of Psychotherapy

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