Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy Treatment (CBT)
CBT is a therapeutic approach that aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and thoughts through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure. CBT does not tell people how they should feel. However, most people seeking therapy do not want to feel they way they have
been feeling. If we are upset about our problems, we have two problems -- the problem, and our upset about it. 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. There is empirical evidence that CBT is effective for the treatment of a variety of problems, including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. CBT is used in individual therapy as well as group settings, and the techniques are often adapted for self-help applications. While rooted in rather different theories, the CBT approach found common ground in focusing on the "here and now", and on alleviating symptoms. The National Institue for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends CBT as the treatment of choice for a number of mental health difficulties, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bulimia nervosa & anorexia, anxiety disorders, clinical depression, substance abuse, and for neurological pain conditions - such as fibromyalgia.