What Is CBT?

What Is CBT?

Daniela Silva

What Is CBT Therapy?

CBT is a collaborative approach to helping individuals deal with negative thought patterns and their ensuing behaviours. CBT is a psychologically recognised method for combatting mental health concerns as it is based on the principles of cognitive therapies as well as individual behavioural reactions. CBT is an extremely effective therapy and is easy to integrate into schedules or routines that make it a constructive route for positive change, particularly if it is used in conjunction with other practices.

The CBT approach is recommended for dealing with some of the most common mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Leading mental health authorities state that these are the biggest mental health concerns in the UK today; in fact, 2018 reports show that depression and anxiety are both increasing. 1254365 people are in contact with mental health services and the majority of these are adults.

The increase in mental health concerns are cited as a knock-on effect of modern living. An increasing percentage of the population is impacted by depression as we become more disconnected from the world around us. Individuals then experience a loss of interest or pleasure which then changes behavioural patterns or schedules.

Medication is the most common type of treatment but often makes individuals feel like perpetual patients dependent on chemicals. CBT, particularly Y-CBT (yoga enhanced CBT), interrupts the cycle to empower individuals and transform them from ‘patients’ to ‘healers’, equipped to handle life’s challenges.

What Are The Benefits Of CBT?

CBT is not a quick-fix technique, but much like yoga or any muscle strengthening program, it is most effective when implemented into a structured training plan. It is also something that must be continually worked at and must be fully committed to. Like muscle strengthening, the process will feel easier as time progresses. CBT is a comprehensive therapy type that can lead to positive change across a whole range of issues, especially when employed by multi-disciplined practitioners.

CBT is an effective method for combatting destructive behavioural and emotional patterns from progressing. Many who have worked with CBT and introduced the practice into their life notice that it is best for immediate affects, without being an extreme ‘quick fix’ or fad technique. This means it is recommended as the ideal low-impact therapy for specific goals.

CBT evaluates individual situations and is therefore considered a goal-orientated treatment. However, the two aspects of CBT (cognitive and behavioural) will be employed as necessary, depending on the situation at hand. Many individuals report that their CBT strategy has improved their self-esteem, anxiety, panic disorders, PTSD & behavioural issues such as addictions or OCD, even when the therapy was designed to tackle another concern.

Cognitive and Behavioural

Though this form of therapy is often labelled as ‘collaborative’ because it is a fusion of two principles, a common framework is to work at identifying the difference between thoughts, emotions and actions. Developing an understanding of automatic thought processes, particularly negative thought processes, is a key component of CBT. These thoughts are often intrinsic or inherent beliefs and are the cognitive pattern that is causing an issue. From here, individuals can work with their therapists to understand how certain destructive or impulsive behaviours develop and then, how they can be challenged by the individual. 

As a talking therapy, CBT works well with other holistic approaches that enable the individual to explore multiple avenues of their mental and emotional self. Y-CBT is a blend of yoga, meditation and CBT techniques. Meditating and Y-CBT is a scientifically supported method for combatting the behavioural or physical attributes of mental health disorders, such panic attacks. Therapists can demonstrate breathing strategies, such as pranayama or stress-reducing practices that implement control, to overcome physiological behavioural patterns.

CBT is a structured way to implement positive change. Rather than attempting to make change on your own, a professional CBT instructor will be able to provide a non-judgemental and tailor-made strategy to help overcome negativity or blockages. Get in touch with an integrative CBT practitioner, today!

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