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Conquer Confidence Busters with Cognitive Therapy
Left unchecked, struggles with self-esteem issues can escalate out of control. While everyone has their off days, when your whole life suddenly seems like one big mistake or short-coming after another, it’s time to break away from the cycle of defeat. If this sounds like you or someone you know or love, cognitive therapy may be your best bet. In the world of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is a discipline designed to reverse the firmly held belief that exaggerated weaknesses and/or inadequacies are dooming you to a lifetime of failure. Cognitive therapy can help you to:
- Destroy destructive thought patterns
- Transform long-held, inaccurate beliefs
- Identify distorted thinking
- Strengthen your self-image
- Revolutionize your reality
The Three Faces of Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive therapy is separated into three primary types. Cognitive therapy is based on a theory that depression stems from distortions in an individual’s perspective. Treatment begins with drawing attention to these distortions and discrepancies, then encouraging the patient or client to adjust their attitude accordingly. Rational-emotive therapy is the second face of cognitive therapy and is based on the assumption that the majority of problems stem from irrational thought processes. This might include individuals suffering from perfectionism or pessimism. Here, treatment offers opportunities to learn more about their distortions and ways to effectively eliminate them. Finally, there is cognitive behavior therapy, which is the most popular of the three. This treatment option is based on the assumption that by combining cognitive therapies with behavioral therapies, treatments will be more effective and successful. This stems from a move in modern therapy where therapists don’t cling to just one style of treatment but are open to using the best of each in combination for maximal influence.
The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known as CBT) offers many benefits and advantages to both therapists and their individual patients. First of all, these therapy sessions can be incredibly instructive and informative, as they help patients come to terms with ways that they can actually counsel themselves to a more rational, confident way of thinking. Additionally, CBT is often more effective and faster than other methods of treatment. At the moment, the average number of CBT sessions required to overcome issues sits at 16, which is a pretty impressive number. Furthermore, CBT treatment therapies put the focus on getting better, not just feeling better. Since feelings are fleeting, long-term results are always preferable. Cognitive-Behavioral therapies also offer a great deal of structure, which can diminish the likelihood that a particular session will dissolve into a mere “chat session” that essentially accomplishes little if anything in the end.
Along the way, CBT also offers the benefits of emotional support, conflict resolution, a greater understanding of how a person’s feelings can affect their thinking and actions, ways that bad habits and negative patterns of belief can be reversed and appropriate ways to deal with stress and frustration. Setting goals and actually participating proactively and positively in activities is yet another benefit of cognitive behavioral therapy.
Ultimately, regardless of which branch of cognitive therapy you settle upon, the results are greater self-esteem, improved performance and a better relationship not only with others, but also with yourself. If you’ve been locked into cycles of shame, regret, beating yourself up or a pervading sense of doom, isn’t it time to wake up from your misery and find lasting relief? Take time out to explore the possibilities and options available under cognitive therapy and through cognitive therapists.