COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy.

She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It helps you to get rid of negative thoughts, patterns and rewire your brain with positive thoughts and positive actions.

Most Cognitive- Behavioral Therapies (CBT) have the following characteristics:

1. CBT IS BASED ON THE COGNITIVE MODEL OF EMOTIONAL RESPONSE.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel/act better even if the situation does not change.

2. CBT IS BRIEF AND TIME-LIMITED.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is considered among the most rapid in terms of results obtained. The average number of sessions clients receive (across all types of problems and approaches to CBT) is only 16. Other forms of therapy, like psychoanalysis, can take years. What enables CBT to be briefer is its highly instructive nature and the fact that it makes use of homework assignments. CBT is time-limited in that we help clients understand at the very beginning of the therapy process that there will be a point when the formal therapy will end. The ending of the formal therapy is a decision made by the therapist and client.

3. CBT IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN THE THERAPIST COACH AND THE CLIENT.

Cognitive-behavioral therapist coaches seek to learn what their clients want out of life (their goals,) and then help their clients achieve those goals. The therapist’s role is to listen, teach, and encourage, while the client’s roles are to express concerns, learn, and implement that learning.

4. CBT IS BASED ON ASPECTS OF STOIC PHILOSOPHY.

Not all approaches to CBT emphasize stoicism. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, and Rational Living Therapy emphasize aspects of stoicism. Beck’s Cognitive Therapy is not based on stoicism.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy does not tell people how they should feel, but what you do with the feelings you have by taking positive action or positive inaction.

They also emphasize the fact that we have our undesirable situations whether we are upset about them or not. If we are upset about our problems, we have two problems — the problem, and us being upset about it. Most people want to have the fewest number of problems possible. So when we learn how to more calmly accept a personal problem, not only do we feel better, but we usually put ourselves in a better position to make use of our intelligence, knowledge, energy, and resources to resolve the problem.