Have you ever wondered what cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is and should you seek it? The answer is maybe...You see CBT is based on the concept that we all sometimes struggle with a false narrative in our head which we are not aware of that affects our behavior. This false narrative may have started with one's family of origin, school or relationship experiences or just from ourselves. These false ideas may cause fear, affect motivation and cause us to say nasty things to ourselves (i.e. I'm so stupid, unattractive, I'll never be good enough, I can't do it, etc.). A good CBT therapist will help you to challenge these thoughts with various forms of cognitive reframing tools, which will help you to find freedom from negative self-talk and fears. Do not expect a CBT therapist to just listen and agree with you (this is a different type of counseling) as they are there to challenge your thoughts and help you to change your behavior. Afterall we all can benefit from this type of help occasionally because we all have blind spots to our thinking and false narratives. So to answer the initial question - Yes, we can all benefit from CBT. Happy reframing!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
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Elizabeth Oldham is a Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio with a passion for helping people.