Cognitive behavioral therapy: How does CBT work? - Deepstash
How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a short-term therapy technique that can help people find new ways to behave by changing their thought patterns.

CBT works on the basis that the way we think and interpret life’s events affects how we behave and, ultimately, how we feel. Studies have shown that it is useful in many situations. 

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What Can You Learn During CBT?

During a course of CBT, a person can learn to:

  • identify problems more clearly
  • develop an awareness of automatic thoughts
  • challenge underlying assumptions that may be wrong
  • distinguish between facts and irrational thoughts
  • understand how past experience can affect present feelings and beliefs
  • stop fearing the worst
  • see a situation from a different perspective
  • better understand other people’s actions and motivations
  • develop a more positive way of thinking and seeing situations
  • become more aware of their own mood
  • establish attainable goals
  • avoid generalizations and all-or-nothing thinking. 

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How do you learn during CBT?

Learning tools for CBT include:

  • regular one-to-one or group discussion sessions, or a combination of both
  • frequent feedback
  • role-playing activities
  • ways to calm the mind and body
  • gradually increasing exposure to things that cause fear
  • homework assignments
  • keeping a cognitive behavioral diary
  • practicing the skills learned to promote positive behavioral change and growth. 

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How Does CBT Work?

CBT can help people with many problems where thoughts and beliefs are critical. It emphasizes the need to identify, challenge, and change how a person views a situation.

According to CBT, people’s pattern of thinking is like wearing a pair of glasses that makes us see the world in a specific way. CBT makes us more aware of how these thought patterns create our reality and determine how we behave. 

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