Technique for Creating Behavior Change
October 7, 2012
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a common type of mental health counseling that with the help of the therapist allows the client to become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking and enables the client to view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. This therapeutic approach is not distinct, but is a culmination of various cognitive and behavioral therapeutic techniques. The team will examine the aspects of CBT covering the description, history and research of this technique. The team will also provide information that will explain the appropriate uses of this practice, why it is necessary, and the patients that benefit from this behavioral changing technique. There are issues and concerns involved with CBT that will also be addressed. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is the most common type of psychotherapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a focus of examining relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By looking at various patterns of thinking that lead to self destructive actions and the belief that direct these thoughts. (Freedman, 2012) In cognitive behavioral therapy the client works is a structured way and attends a limited number of sessions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps clients become more aware of negative thinking or inaccurate thinking and allows them to view challenging situations more clearly. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be used by anyone to learn how to better manage stressful situations. (Staff, 2010) Psychiatrist Aaron Beck developed cognitive Behavior Therapy in the 1960’s. Beck observed that during his analytical sessions, his patients tended to have an internal dialogue, almost as if they were talking to themselves. But they would not share the whole conversation with him. Beck soon realized that there was a link between thoughts and feelings. The link was very important to the mental health of patients. Beck invented the term automatic thoughts to better describe emotion-filled thoughts. Beck called it cognitive therapy because of the importance it places on thinking. It later became known as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) because the therapy employs behavioral techniques (Martin, 2012). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to help clients address emotional challenges in their lives that they are unable to effectively deal with on their own. Clients will develop coping techniques for stress inducing situations by identifying effective tools for managing their emotions. The techniques are used along with other modes of treatment, such as medications. For instance, a client may be suffering from depression, and may need an anti-depressant to be in the mind frame of being receptive to the therapeutic techniques. Some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques are used as an alternative to medication. This would be appropriate in the case of pregnancy when the use of prescription medication is limited due to the risks to the fetus (“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”, 1998-2012). Many of the emotional challenges clients being treated using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques are due to various factors and each are identified and treated accordingly. Relationship conflicts are one of the issues for which Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques are used. The clients learn appropriate, respectful communication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques also help clients learn coping skills for grief from the loss of a loved one or for trauma from past experiences of abuse and violence. Techniques are also used to help treat chronic physical symptoms also, including pain, fatigue, or insomnia.
One of the major uses for Cognitive Behavioral Techniques is for the treatment of various mental health disorders. Patients suffering from sexual and eating disorders benefit from the counseling techniques...