about psychotherapy / cognitive behavioral therapy

Let me tell you some basic facts here about psychotherapy / cognitive behavioral therapy. The type of psychotherapy in which I completed an in-depth training is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or behavioral therapy.

This is the way the american psychiatric association explains it: “Cognitive behavioral therapy 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. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.It is based on various theories of learning theory. “

The basis idea of behavioral therapy is: 
all behavior has been learned and can therefore be unlearned again and are based on unhelpful ways of thinking. People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more adapted to their current lives.

The first step in therapy is therefore to understand why a person behaves in a certain way and what advantages, but also what disadvantages this brings with it and which emotions prevent one from changing towards the desired direction.  

Then, together with the therapist, it can be worked out which changes the patient has to undertake step by step: how he can modify his behavior and his points of view in order to change his experience, his attitudes and his feelings in a favorable direction. 

This means that behavior therapy is always solution-oriented and depends on what you, the patient, define as a desirable target state for yourself. The role of the therapist is then to work with you to identify obstacles on the way to the goal in order to subsequently remove these obstacles together with the patient. The planned changes are then often implemented independently and thus between the individual meetings. 

It is important that the patient is very transparently involved in the procedure throughout the therapy and that nothing happens against his / her will. 
On the contrary: the more you become an expert in your problems, the more you will be able to shape your life the way you want it, even after the therapy has ended. 

And ultimately, the goal of behavior therapy is: 
To guide people to become clear about their ways of thinking, their behavior and their feelings, and to influence them in order to achieve a higher overall life satisfaction and not to be “caught” in old, problematic behavior and thought patterns.

If you have further questions, it is best todiscuss them personally in one of the first sessions. So if you are curious to learn more, get in contact here.