Treating ADULTS with:
· Life-Adjustment Difficulties
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
is based on the theory that psychological problems are rooted on faulty or
unhelpful ways of thinking and on unhelpful learned patterns of behavior.
therapists require a certain
amount of information about one’s history, however the emphasis is on:
· what is going on in the person’s current life
· focus is primarily on moving forward.
· developing more effective ways of coping with life.
· relieving symptoms
· becoming more effective in living life, rather than just surviving it.
CBT TREATMENT INVOLVES CHANGING THINKING PATTERNS.
These strategies include metacognition: understanding
our thoughts in an effort to pinpoint the negative,
unhelpful messages we tell ourselves.
It is our distortions in thinking that lead to the negative emotional feelings.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) aims to:
· help with a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others
· use problem-solving skills
to cope with difficult situations.
· helps to develop a greater sense of confidence
in one’s own abilities.
· change behavioral patterns
· facing one’s fears instead
of avoiding them,
· using role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions
· Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body.
CBT places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapists.
CBT therapist and patient work together to develop an understanding of the problem
and to develop a treatment strategy.
CBT uses exercises in the session, as well as
exercises outside of sessions.
develop coping skills, whereby they can learn to change their own thinking, problematic
emotions, and behavior.
grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change OR CONTROL*,
the courage to change OR CONTROL* the things I can
and the wisdom to know
the difference" (Anon.)
* OR CONTROL - phrase ammended by Ronit
IT WORKS IF YOU WORK IT, SO WORK IT, YOU'RE WORTH IT! (CODA)