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Guru Manx


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT Practitioner 

CBT Treatment

CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. These strategies might include: Learning to recognize one's distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then to reevaluate them in light of reality. Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psycho-social intervention that aims to reduce symptoms of various mental health conditions, primarily depression and anxiety disorders.

CBT aims to stop negative cycles such as these by breaking down things that make you feel bad, anxious or scared. By making your problems more manageable, CBT can help you change your negative thought patterns and improve the way you feel.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to treat a wide range of issues. It's often the preferred type of psychotherapy because it can quickly help you identify and cope with specific challenges. It generally requires fewer sessions than other types of therapy and is done in a structured way.

  • CBT is a useful tool to address emotional challenges. For example, it may help you:

  • Manage symptoms of mental illness

  • Prevent a relapse of mental illness symptoms

  • Treat a mental illness when medications aren't a good option

  • Learn techniques for coping with stressful life situations

  • Identify ways to manage emotions

  • Resolve relationship conflicts and learn better ways to communicate

  • Cope with grief or loss

  • Overcome emotional trauma related to abuse or violence

  • Cope with a medical illness

  • Manage chronic physical symptoms




How does CBT work?

CBT typically includes these steps:

  1. Identify troubling situations or conditions in your life. 

  2. Become aware of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs. 

  3. Identify negative or inaccurate thinking. 

  4. Reshape negative or inaccurate thinking.

What was CBT used for?

Though it was originally designed to treat depression, its uses have been expanded to include the treatment of many mental health conditions, including anxiety, substance use disorders, marital problems, and eating disorders.

Brief History of CBT:

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of talking therapy which involves identifying and challenging unhelpful thoughts.  It works to help people learn alternative thinking patterns and behaviors which can then improve the way they feel. CBT explores the relationship between feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

American psychologist Albert Ellis was one of the key figures who developed cognitive therapy.  He stressed the importance of thoughts/feelings and behaviors and devised a theory called rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) in the 1950s. This is now considered one of the earliest forms of cognitive psychotherapy. It is based on the idea that a person’s emotional distress arises from their thoughts about an event rather than the actual event itself.

In the 1950s and 1960s, American psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck noticed patterns with his depressed clients.  They seemed to hold negative views of self, others and their future, and no matter how much exploration of their past occurred, these negative views did not shift.   This led him to start researching whether holding negative views about self, others and the world, might be part of the reason somebody was depressed.  Cognitive therapy was up and running.

Treated Conditions:

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Anger Management

  • Bereavement

  • Career

  • Chronic Fatigue – ME

  • Couples

  • Depression

  • OCD

  • Panic

  • Phobias

  • PTSD

  • Relationship

  • Sleep disorders

  • Self Confidence

  • Self-Esteem

  • Social Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Work Bullying

  • Eating disorders

  • Substance use disorders

  • Bipolar disorders

  • Schizophrenia

  • Sexual disorders

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