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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – 6 ways to make it work
Cognitive Behavioural Approach focuses on helping the client reform their negative thought patterns to positive ones. Cognitive Behavioural Approach is a talk therapy that aims to help clients distinguish good and bad thinking patterns that affect behaviour. CBT can help reduce the symptoms of your condition and help you manage your condition while undergoing therapy or medication. It can also be combined with medication and other forms of therapy.
It will only work if you engage with the process and become more expressive with your thoughts.
How to make the cognitive behavioural approach work?
Trust the psychotherapist.
- Trust will enable you to develop a good partnership with your psychotherapist. It will allow you to become comfortable and more relaxed during the entire session.
- Talk to the psychotherapist before arranging for the session. You can make a “feel” of him or her through casual conversations.
- The Cognitive Behavioural Approach is focused on reforming mental patterns. It is important to be expressive and honest about your feelings and opinions.
- In that way, the psychotherapist will be able to administer the best approach for your condition. Do not hold in your emotions as it stops the progress of mental healing.
Go to sessions regularly.
- Stick to your session or schedule and treatment plan. Missing one session is a big loss and may worsen your condition.
- If you feel down or demotivated, do not make it an excuse to miss any session.
- Resistance to attending therapy sessions is common but it simply is a manifestation of the fear of change. It is self-sabotaging to skip or miss scheduled sessions.
- Attending sessions regularly means getting the best result quicker.
Do your homework.
- Do what psychotherapist asks you to do such as reading, keeping journals and observing yourself. These exercises will enable you to keep track of your progress and find out what aspect of yourself should be improved.
- It is also essential to reflect on yourself when doing homework. Examine and re-evaluate yourself at the end of the day and distinguish the situation that triggers your mental patterns the most.
- It is normal to feel frustrated about yourself, especially when confronted with your past and current issues. Let things settle naturally and do not rush for a quick result.
- It is essential to understand that healing is a process. It takes time and patience.
Make some changes.
- If you want to get better, change! Face your negative emotions, change your negative behaviour and reform to a better self.
- Change the way you look at things. Do not self-sabotage and go back to your old negative behaviour.
Cognitive Behavioural Approach is used to treat various types of mental conditions. It is also considered as a short term therapy because of its structured session approach.
Moreover, you may feel uncomfortably emotional during the session due to confronting your past and present issues. In some cases, it can result in stress and anxiety. In many cases you will feel relief at unloading held in feelings, thoughts, secrets, ideas and experiences. Do not be discouraged as the psychotherapist can help you overcome your exposure to risks through learning breathing techniques and muscle relaxation.
If you want the therapy to work, it is vital to set goals and objectives for yourself. It serves as your guide and inspiration in keeping up with the treatment plan. CBT takes time to work as the psychotherapist needs to spend more time with you to accurately determine your concerns and find the best approach for your situation. On the other hand, if you think that the CBT therapy is not working, then speak to the psychotherapist. Energetics Institute psychotherapists have an extensive toolkit of bodymind therapy based tools to use with clients in addition to CBT therapy.
If having exhausted alternatives then seek other treatments or find a new psychotherapist!