What is CBT Treatment?

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CBT: A powerful tool for your anti-anxiety toolbox

So what is CBT treatment?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

CBT treatment is very practical, it’s not just sitting and talking about your feelings to a therapist, it has a structure and targets specific problems.

In treatment sessions, which can be done online, a therapist helps an individual identify which situations trigger certain thoughts and in turn that their reactions and emotions come from those thoughts not from external situations.

It puts you in control of your thoughts and in turn your reactions to certain triggering situations. So there is no longer an uncontrolled Situation = Thoughts = Reaction = Behavior.

The CBT approach is backed by much scientific evidence showing the methods that have been developed actually result in change which cannot be said for many other forms of psychological treatment.

What Is CBT Used For?

An individual will typically work with a therapist who uses CBT because they are dealing with some kind of problem in their life that is most likely debilitating, meaning it causes serious impairment of strength or ability to function.

These can include but are not limited to:

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Phobias
    • Eating Disorders
    • Insomnia
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD
    • Schizophrenia
    • Relationship problems
    • Addiction
  • Why Use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT teaches you to think differently, it is a skill that you learn in order to be able to deal with your problems and it has proven to be effective. Once you learn the skill you can apply it to many different situations in your life. It gives you a better understanding of yourself and can make you happier.

Also, experiencing some conditions over a long period of time such as anxiety can be harmful to your health.

Regarding her CBT treatment, Tanisha relates: “I was really skeptical of this whole thing but I was not happy with the feelings and reactions I was having in response to one of my co-workers in particular. I couldn’t get away from the situation because I needed my job so I decided to try this behavior therapy after my sister-in-law told me all about it. Within the first session, I started to feel hopeful that I could actually keep working with this person but not keep feeling the same way, the same bad way that is, every single day. After 2 more sessions, I felt like I was really learning a lot and I was actually looking forward to trying what I learned at work, which sounds a little crazy even to me. The change in the whole thought process from ‘He is making me feel this way’ to … ‘I can control how I feel based on my own thoughts and beliefs,’ was a game-changer for me. It was actually very empowering and I just really enjoyed the sessions after that plus I had a lot more peace at work. Now I recommend CBT to others.”

CBT Treatment Plan for Anxiety

There are so many different causes for anxiety and so many different ways that it manifests both emotionally and physically.

Because of this, it takes some thought about how you feel and what led up to you feeling this way. It may sound hard at first but it is a step by step process and the early payoff of results in how you feel can encourage you to go on.

Worksheets: Well thought out and planned worksheets help get the thoughts and emotions out of your head and down on paper and help you identify your goals or exactly what you want to change with the therapy.

Through worksheets, behaviors that we might not even realize are happening can also come to light such as avoidance behavior. Does choosing to avoid certain situations seem like a logical coping strategy for your anxiety? Learn why there may be a better way to cope.

Charts: Charts help to put a plan of action in place.

Graphics: Graphics help to understand the cycle of anxiety and negative thoughts.

Therapist Feedback: A qualified therapist can give helpful and important feedback on worksheets and of course guide you through the entire CBT learning process.

Free Online Therapy

Are you feeling a little stressed out right now about the possibility of going to a therapist’s office for in-person sessions?

Are you thinking… this is all great but I don’t think I can afford Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

I have great news for you! 

Oniline-Therapy.com wants to help people and they are offering parts of their online therapy platform for free right now!

Everything can be done online. The real-time chat session with your therapist is available as video, voice-only or text.

You can even use an anonymous nickname.

From their website:

“The free access includes our online therapy program with 8 easy-to-follow sections and 25 worksheets, yoga and meditation videos, activity plan, journal, and tests (communicating with a personal therapist is not included).”

This FAQ page will show the paid programs that include a personal therapist and answer all your other questions.

Coupon: If you join the paid program through any link on this page you will receive 20% off your first month.

They are very flexible, you can download and save everything as PDF files. You can change your therapist if you want, otherwise, you will always get the same one. You can get a certificate for doing their course and their anger management courses are usually court recognized.

How Effective Is Online Therapy?

Studies show that online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is just as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy.

Take a look at the reviews for Online-Therapy.com here.

Don’t Keep Suffering… Try CBT online Now!

If you are currently experiencing a crisis please use these resources now.

Thank you for reading,

Alison

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4 Replies to “What is CBT Treatment?”

  1. It’s good to have an article like this, it contains very useful information about how to treat a lot of health conditions by the means of CBT treatment. I think the idea is actually nice and it can be quite effective if you are religious with it. I’ll look into this CBT treatment kind of therapy extensively, thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Bruce,

      You are right, CBT is something that works best if you really commit and stick with it but if someone can only do part of it and take something away that they can use that is great too!

      Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find CBT useful in your case,

      Alison

  2. LineCowley says:

    Thank you for a very informative and helpful post on what is CBT treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment certainly seems to be very beneficial for several conditions, including anxiety. I do like the fact that one has worksheets to help you to get your thoughts and emotions on paper. 

    A big bonus that CBT treatment is available online, something that many people will find easier to do than actually sitting in front of a therapist. 

    1. LineCowley,

      I agree with you on both counts! I like worksheets and it’s easier online than in person. I am going through the online course and I really like it. I want to take my 18-year-old daughter through it if she’s willing.

      Thank you for reading and commenting! 

      Alison

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