Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a general term for a range of therapies that have one important thing in common. They are all based on the understanding that our own thoughts - not external factors like people or situations - cause many of our feelings and behaviors. In my view, this approach is very empowering. You may have gotten yourself into a challenging situation by virtue of your own thinking. But you likewise have the power to get yourself out of it.

I am impressed by the power of Internal Family Systems (IFS) to boost the effectiveness of CBT by zeroing in on the parts, or subroutines, that carry the dysfunctional beliefs. Once we validate that these thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors were necessary at some point in the past, they can be easily unburdened.

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“Don’t believe everything you think.” -- Bumper sticker