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Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of therapy that helps one identify destructive or disturbing thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and change them through talking. It makes you conscious of harmful and inaccurate thoughts, allowing you to view challenges clearly and respond to them positively.

Working towards steadily changing negative thoughts and emotions can positively change your view of life.

The main goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to learn how to replace any negative thoughts that may arise with balanced, positive, and more realistic thoughts in a short period.

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps

It can be helpful as a short term treatment of individuals with specific problems such as;

  • Anger issues
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Eating disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Phobias
  • Procrastination
  • Substance abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Steps in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy uses five problem-solving steps;

  1. Identifying the problem
  2. Generating a list of possible solutions
  3. Evaluating the solutions to find out their strength and weaknesses
  4. Choosing the solution to apply
  5. Implementing the solution that you have chosen

5 Types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic Interventions

1. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

It combines cognitive therapy with meditation to help you comprehend and manage your thoughts and emotions to achieve relief from distressing feelings.

2. Dialectical behavior therapy

It helps treat patients with borderline personality disorders or chronic suicidal behavior. This therapy combines cognitive-behavioral practices for emotional regulation and reality-testing with ideas of acceptance, distress tolerance, and mindful awareness.

It is an evidence-based form of therapy that aims to treat personality disorders and interpersonal conflicts.

3. Acceptance and commitment therapy

This form of cognitive therapy emphasizes acceptance to deal with negative thoughts and encourages increased commitment to healthy activities.

It aims to stop one from denying, delaying, and struggling with their inner emotions and instead practice acceptance of situations and their feelings towards them.

4. Rational emotive behavior therapy

This form of therapy helps you focus on identifying irrational and negative thought patterns leading to your emotional and behavioral issues.

After identifying the irrational thoughts, your therapist will help you strategize on how to replace them with rational thoughts.

5. Multimodal therapy

This form of therapy focuses on promoting positive growth by eliminating psychological suffering. Its goal is to treat the person as a whole instead of focusing only on the problem.

Multimodal therapy is a treatment that focuses on all modalities of human beings as biological beings that think, feel, act, sense, interact, and imagine.

Final Thought

At Texas Pain Experts, we understand that chronic pain can affect all aspects of your physical and psychological life. Our focus is to give you treatment options that are most effective and multidimensional. We provide comprehensive evaluation and individualized, scientifically-based therapies for our patients.

Visit our website to learn more, or fill out the form below to talk to our team if you suffer from chronic pain.

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