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Zura Rubab Khan
Mental Health Consultant

Introduction

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy affects your mind is a question worth answering. This is the best way to manage the issues of anxiety and depression. Along with the art, with the colour therapy in particular, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can do wonders, if applied under the guidance of a certified practitioner.

Cognitive-behavioral Therapy, founded by “Aaron T. Beck” in the 1960s. It is an effective approach to cope with the “toxic thinking patterns, emotions that follow these thoughts/cognition & might lead towards unhelpful behaviours”. That might turn out to be the root cause of a number of psychological problems (American Psychological Association).

Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) is more like a structured “talk-therapy”. It usually consists of 6-12 sessions. However, the number of sessions are not definitive as it varies with cases and severity of the client’s disorder/psychological difficulty. Thus, It is more like a “goal-oriented therapy Studies have evidenced CBT’s efficacy in various of the Psychological/Psychiatric disorders. However, apart from the psychological conditions, CBT can also be used as a valuable tool to assist to deal with the negative thoughts. It is also an effective to cope with the tough life situations.

“Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness.”

https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/cognitive-behavioral

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy affects your mind exactly??

CBT is one of the therapeutic interventions. It works best in a collaborative environment, which require the efforts of the client as well as of the therapist. CBT improves the unhelpful behaviours by using “role-playing” techniques, facing one’s fears instead of avoiding them, etc. It helps in making them more understandable for a person to resolve them accordingly.

Furthermore, there would be a structured pattern of keeping a record of the thoughts, core beliefs,  emotions, behaviours via formally customized worksheets that a therapist would assign. Also, a therapist expect its clients to complete until the next follow-up sessions. The Goal of it is to make the client familiar with the connection between thoughts, feelings & behaviour.

“CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts.”

https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/talking-therapies-medicine-treatments/talking-therapies-and-counselling/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-cbt/overview/

Because a better understanding of these three domains would lead a person to resolve its psychological problems by the end of the required CBT sessions.

IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER

The Client’s willingness to cooperate throughout the sessions is compulsory

As the main essence of this intervention is to work on an individual’s thoughts/core beliefs, feelings/emotions, and behaviours. So, it is really important to mention here that:

“Most of the time it may get really challenging for the client to confront them initially”.

So, there are chances that the client might feel emotionally distressed/uncomfortable in the initial sessions. It happens until it starts to comprehend the relationship between the above-mentioned areas of his thoughts. And also until it acquires the mental capacity to absorb the difficult psychological thinking patterns and ready to work on them.

Also read: Colour Therapy: A complete guide

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