Frequently Asked Questions: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is CBT?

The theory behind cognitive behavioral therapy is that the relationship between thoughts, behaviors and feelings dictates how we function. By identifying unhelpful thoughts or habits and replacing them with more helpful messages, positive changes are created.

 

Is CBT a good fit for me?

Research has established that cognitive therapy is useful for a large array of issues such as depression and anxiety, phobias, weight loss, obsessive compulsive disorder, insomnia and pain management. Trauma-focused CBT has been proven effective for PTSD and is used in many evidence-based programs.

 

What is the research regarding CBT’s effectiveness?

Clinical studies have backed the theory that CBT is one of the most effective interventions for long-term benefits.

Some of the research on CBT can be found at this link:

How does CBT help me in the long term?

The reason that cognitive therapy fares so well in long-term studies is that it provides tools that the client can generalize to future challenges. Most people report finding that using the techniques in other aspects of their life becomes quite natural after practice.

 

How long until I see results?

When you see a cognitive behavioral therapist, you and the clinician work as a team to help you change your presenting problems. The more you work outside of the sessions by doing your homework, the faster you will make improvements. Many clients report a shift within the first week.

 

What is the relationship between cognitive therapy and hypnosis?

Aaron Beck, the father of cognitive behavioral therapy, has endorsed the use of hypnotherapy along with CBT. Integrating the two can ‘amplify’ the healthy thoughts and behaviors that the client and psychotherapist have identified as target goals.