Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is built upon the idea that our thoughts impact our feelings, which influence our behaviors. It’s circular!
CBT is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to be an effective treatment approach in managing many mental health disorders. When we are able to change our thoughts, that change is felt in our feelings and as a result in our actions and behaviors. When we have negative thoughts, we do not feel good, and this can result in difficulties. CBT works on identifying those negative and irrational thoughts, with the ultimate goal of changing to more realistic and positive thoughts. When we have positive thoughts, we feel better, thus allowing us to respond better to situations and be open to creatively problem solve.
The pioneer of CBT was Dr. Aaron T. Beck. He developed this type of treatment in the 1960s while he was a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1994, he co-founded the Beck Institute – a pioneering and leading resource in the world of CBT, with his daughter, Dr. Judith Beck. According to the Beck Institute, “One important part of CBT is helping clients change their unhelpful thinking and behavior that lead to enduring improvement in their mood and functioning.”
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) explains CBT as focusing on the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Throughout the process of CBT, a person is working to “uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs.”
What does the research say?
Research has shown that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective way to help manage stress and anxiety. The effectiveness of CBT has been demonstrated in several studies; some of which are published in the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. For additional information, one of these research studies can be found here.
The general conclusion of multiple research studies is that CBT is an effective evidence based therapeutic practice for anxiety and other mental health disorders.
All of our boxes are created based upon CBT techniques. Each box is built with a lesson and coaching in mind; providing tools along with ideas connected to CBT. While not a replacement for therapy – the ideas in the boxes connect the tools to techniques!