What is CBT? Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is Specialized Treatment

Posted on 01/18/13 11:15:am

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CBT or Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a classification of therapies that have similar methods all based on the same general principal of the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response. Generally speaking, CBT starts with the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external conditions. External conditions like people, situations or events merely occur and it’s our thoughts which determine how we feel about external conditions, and our learned thought patterns that make us react the way we do.

CBT is used in a variety of behavioral therapy modalities because it relies less on the relationship between the patient and the therapist and more on the patient understanding and recognizing how various situations make them feel and think. The patient can teach themselves that thought patterns can have a serious effect on their feelings and therefore can be changed to be healthier. Another reason CBT is chosen as a therapy method is that it tends to take hold faster than traditional psychology methods and therapies.

CBT is collaborative in nature, helping patients and therapists move forward in treatment. From the very beginning of treatment it is made clear the roles of both parties are to help the patient to achieve his/her patient goals. By constant self-analysis the patient and therapist understand it is not an open ended therapy and that it will end.

  • CBT is not about feelings.

CBT is about knowing that undesirable situations can and do occur and getting past them is a matter of how we think about those situations. CBT relies on the therapist properly getting the patient to ask themselves questions leading to answers that make sense and reduce anxiety.

  • CBT is a professional therapy.

It is structured with a direction, therapists have a specific goal and agenda for each session, which generally relates to a specific technique or concept taught by the therapist and learned by the patient. It is not about telling a patient what to do, but about teaching patients how to do.

  • CBT is really about setting goals.

The patient can learn about themselves and how they learned the reactions to stimulus leading to disordered thought patterns. They learn the correct reactions, or at least reactions that don’t lead to the anxiety or disordered thoughts the patient has suffered from.

Understanding what CBT is makes it completely natural to understand why Rogers utilizes a specialized mix of CBT and a response prevention method called ERP (exposure and response prevention) in order to help OCD and anxiety patients recover from their escape response. ERP is the practice of exposing the patient to the very thing that triggers the escape response and then preventing the patient from responding in the disordered way by teaching them to react in the correct way and that allows the patient to learn that their fears are the disordered response. Practicing the fear-reduction technique using CBT is the key to the success which has put Rogers’s treatment teams out front when treating Anxiety and OCD. Choosing Rogers when you are looking for a treatment provider gives you access to those professionals and one of the most sought after treatment modalities in the nation.

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