4 Characteristics of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

A Therapeutic Technique

It’s safe to say, that when a major decision is looming over your head, research can be a God-send. This especially rings true when you or a loved one is considering therapy. Researching and learning about available therapists in your area, as well as their treatment plans and techniques can help lay to rest feelings of uncertainty. One most common utilized technique in therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT.

CBT is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how people feel and what they do. CBT doesn’t exist as a distinct therapeutic technique, as it is simply a generic term for classifying therapies with similarities. There are several approaches to CBT, including Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy.

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4 Characteristics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is based on the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response.

CBT is based on the idea that thoughts cause feelings and behaviors. External elements such as people, situations, and events have no bearing on our feelings and behaviors, according to CBT. The benefit of this, even if a situation doesn’t change, we can still change the way we think to feel/act better.

CBT is briefer and time-limited than other therapies.

For many therapists, CBT is considered among the most effective and rapid in terms of results obtained. Other forms of therapy, like psychoanalysis, can take years because it’s most often used to treat longstanding difficulties. With CBT, clients are usually aware and understand at the very beginning of the therapy process that there will be a point when the formal therapy will end. Professionals will inform clients that CBT treatment will eventually end—a decision made by both therapist and client.

A harmonious therapeutic relationship is important for effective therapy, but should not be the focus.

Like all forms of therapy, a sound therapist client relationship is essential to effective there; however, it is not the primary focus like some therapies According to NACBT.org, “Some forms of therapy assume that the main reason people get better in therapy is because of the positive relationship between the therapist and client. Cognitive-behavioral therapists believe it is important to have a good, trusting relationship, but that is not enough.”

CBT is a collaborative effort.

As mentioned above, a harmonious relationship between therapist and client is essential, and Cognitive-behavioral therapists seek to learn and understand what their clients want out of life (their goals)—as well as the therapy itself—and then they help their clients achieve those goals. With CBT, the role of the therapist is to listen, teach, and encourage. And that’s not to say that those three things encompass the entire scope of the therapists role.

At North Brooklyn Marriage and Family Therapy, you’ll find that our professionals are well-versed in the latest and most up-to-date therapies in the field. Our dedicated therapists and counselors are ready to help you take back your life and your health. Contact us at either our Greenpoint or Williamsburg location today.

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