When I am not spending time with my family and friends, writing blog posts, and finishing my book, I am working in a private practice as a cognitive behavioral therapist. Although there are many different psychotherapy treatment modalities, I find cognitive behavioral therapy to be one of the most helpful to my clients.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence based practice which has proven to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Studies show that cognitive behavioral therapy can be just as effective in treating mild and moderate depression as antidepressant medications. Research also shows that a combination of antidepressant medication and cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective way to treat major depression.
Dialectical behavior therapy (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy) is another one of my favorite treatment practices. I find DBT to be especially helpful for people who have a difficult time with anger management and people who have a difficult time tolerating upsetting emotions and events without acting out in self-destructive ways.
One especially effective approach in cognitive behavioral therapy is getting people to recognize and challenge certain irrational beliefs that do nothing but cause them distress.
Take a look at some common irrational beliefs.
- I must be perfectly competent to be worthwhile.
- It is a terrible catastrophe when things are not as they should be.
- There must always be a right or perfect solution.
- It is easier to avoid certain difficulties than to face them.
- It is essential that a I be loved or approved of by everyone.
- Unhappiness is caused by outside circumstances, and I have no control over it.
- Dangerous and fearful things should be continually dwelt upon.
- It is easier to avoid difficulties than to face them.
- I should be totally dependent on others to take care of all of my needs and make me happy.
- Past experiences and events are the determinants of present behavior; the influence of the past cannot be eradicated.
*When treating depression and anxiety- avoid looking for the ONE magic cure. Look at the treatment as a combination of things- similar to puzzle pieces. One puzzle piece does not complete the puzzle. It takes many. A combination of things is needed for the treatment of mental health issues as well. Always remember that exercise needs to be part of the formula to feeling better.
If you are interested in learning more about cognitive behavioral therapy check out this link: webmd.com
If you would like to know more about dialectical behavior therapy you may want to check out this link: psychcentral.com