Why Does My Doctor Tell Me I Need CBT?
I do not know how many times one of my therapy sessions start with “You do cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Right? My doctor said I would benefit from it.” This is actually a really good question to be asking your therapist. When seeking an appropriate therapist, you must know what technique or therapy they are going to be using. A majority of therapists use CBT as is one of the most researched therapies and can show great effectiveness.
Your may have told your doctor that your thoughts, behaviors and feelings are off. CBT in short are looking at thoughts; these thoughts cause feelings, these feelings reinforce behavior. A cognitive behavioral therapist is changing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
What Actually Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
You have heard the term CBT but what exactly is it? A good definition is that it treats problems and boosts happiness by understanding by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike other therapies, CBT focuses on the present. To understand solutions. To understand the way one might think; including destructive patterns. This doesn’t mean the past is unimportant; instead we use the past to understand the present.
Just like anything; if we do not understand how it works how can be expected to fix it or change it. I think of my car; I have zero idea what is going on when the engine light comes on and I go through the same patterns to fix it without much success. Feeling frustrated, I go to the mechanic who might tell me what is wrong, but I still don’t know how to fix it.
Think about it, how often in your life has someone told you that what you are doing or thinking is wrong. What if we actually agree with them? Why are we unable to actually change the behavior? This is because being told there is a problem and fully understanding the problem are two different things.
Just like the car; I need to read about the problem, watch videos and eventually try to fix it. It may go poorly or it may work out. Either way, I have taken the first steps into the trial and error and will overtime understand more and learn to make better decisions.
A CBT Therapist Can Help Change The Way You Think
This is what CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is all about. Understand the way you think in the moment and change it; through experiments and trial and error. What is learned is not just a skill that can continually be used throughout our life. Instead, it is the way of life. If we want to feel better we need to think differently. Often it isn’t as simple as just saying, “think differently” or “change your thoughts”. This is where CBT can help gain more understanding to actually apply some real-life changes through changing thought patterns and making an individual happier in general.
So, when your doctor asks you to find a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) you will know what he or she is talking about. It will also be an indicator that the doctor may be detecting some negative thinking patterns or that you may be stuck in a rut.
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I have been practicing for the past 10 years. I'd like to talk about what is on my mind as a therapist. In turn, I hope to help my readers and clients.