What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

August 26, 2010

Overview of Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive Therapy is the act of treating or applying therapy to treat a person’s thought process, which in turn alters thoughts.  A person’s emotions and range of reactions to any given stimulus are directly related to the sets of thought processes a person has.

Over time, a person comes to be engrained in the cognitive processed that result in how they handle emotions.  Cognitive therapy aids in resolving issues and problems that are altering the thought process and the perception of reality around them.  This alteration is done by changing negative perception and thoughts to positive ones there by improving the cognitive process of the patient.

In cognitive therapy the patient is thought to be observant of their thoughts and to understand and control them as well.  By paying attention to these thoughts, patients eventually are able to circumvent undesirable actions at the thought phase and before they manifest in extreme action.  Cognitive therapy is a way to teach people the best possible way to interpret and perceive just about any circumstance that the patient is faced, or will face in the future.

Every individual is different and unique in the aggregate perception they make of any situation.  Most people reside within a certain spectrum that can be considered normal when it results in socially acceptable behavior.  If certain behavior consistently transgresses normal social standards then it is very likely that the cognitive process resides beyond the acceptable spectrum and this person would be a suitable candidate for Cognitive Therapy.

Cognitive therapy will most likely assist positively persons afflicted with the following:

1)      Communication problems with a spouse.

2)      Sleep deficiency.

3)      Post traumatic stress.

4)      Substance abuse even passivity.

5)      Procrastination and passive aggression.

Cognitive therapy on its own is beneficial to individuals on its own, but when combined with behavior therapy can result in significant advances.