In this article, we will delve into five key benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), shedding light on how it can enhance self-awareness, promote positive change, foster resilience, alleviate symptoms of mental health disorders, and cultivate long-lasting personal growth.
1.CBT creates a greater awareness of thinking styles and associated behavioural responses.
In CBT therapy we say that identification is key to making significant change. Therapy sessions will work with you in order to establish what change you want to occur and instruct on how to achieve it. New thinking styles will be identified which replace old. These new patterns of thinking will then change emotions and behavioural responses. Remember, the way we think impacts on the way we feel and the way we respond with behaviour styles.
2.CBT will teach you new coping skills which will greatly help you in every situation.
It is a skills-based intervention. Skills become lifelong coping tools. This will reduce stress and the feelings of pressure which many face. These new skills will assist in every area of your life and not just problem areas. They help you to work on the unhelpful beliefs you hold about yourself often originating from childhood. CBT sessions identify your appraisals about targeted situations which may be biased appraisals. Sessions work towards creating more balanced appraisals.
3.CBT will help you to manage your emotions.
This will create feelings of better balance which helps you to think clearer. Remember the cycle of the way we think impacts upon the way we feel and the way in which we respond? well the way we feel can significantly change if we address the way we think. For example, if your appraisal is that a friend is ignoring you, your thoughts might be “what have I done?” this could make you feel agitated and or upset with significant levels of worry. These feelings will be powerful and impact upon your behaviour – in this case you might avoid your friend whilst continuing to feel these emotions. CBT will help you to restructure your appraisals and in turn reduce the emotional responses and change patterns of response behaviour.
4.CBT helps with strengthening or fixing relationships with others.
Often these relationships can become strained and add to the presenting problems. As we know when emotions are running high, we often act in emotional mind and react in a way which we wish we hadn’t. We can become critical and resentful of people because of our appraisals of situations. Our tolerance can be low and we can no longer care about our relationships as they just feel too hard to manage. We can distance ourselves which feels lonely and detached. CBT sessions can help with this by teaching techniques to work on our appraisals of situations. CBT can also teach techniques to manage emotions which reduce trigger points within relationships.
5.Progress in CBT is fast with significant changes evident immediately.
CBT is evidence based so techniques are tried and tested with good fast results. At the assessment phase presenting problems are identified. Techniques are taught from session 1 which if implemented straight away, can have an immediate impact. Under the NICE guidelines it is suggested that most presenting problems can resolve with only 6-12 sessions of CBT. Your therapist will advise on assessment how many sessions they think that you will need.
So these were the 5 benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Whether you’re new to CBT or seeking to deepen your knowledge, join us on this enlightening journey to explore the remarkable advantages this evidence-based therapy has to offer.