The most important thing is helping people to help themselves: they should be able to cope with their lives again without therapy as soon as possible.
CBT is a type of psychotherapy that involves identifying and altering problematic thoughts and behaviors to help improve how one feels. It is evidence based therapy – there are hundreds of peer reviewed published journal articles supporting its use for treatment of many mental health conditions such as:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) such as Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has also been proven effective for treating physical conditions such as:
- Chronic pain
While it cannot cure these disorders, CBT can help relieve the symptoms.
Although treatment methods will vary depending on the problem presented, the basic principle behind therapy is always the same: What we think, how we feel and how we behave are all closely connected. All of these factors have a decisive influence on our well-being.
CBT is a problem-oriented strategy. It focuses on current problems and finding solutions for them.