What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

The Mayo Clinic’s definition of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) (highlighting is ours):

“Cognitive behavioral therapy is a common type of mental health counseling (psychotherapy). With cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a mental health counselor (psychotherapist or therapist) in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a very helpful tool in treating mental disorders or illnesses, such as anxiety or depression. But not everyone who benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy has a mental health condition. It can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.”

We have chosen to use CBT techniques in the MyFear Zapper program because they work quickly and effective for a variety of issues, and they are appropriate for all ages.  A few issues that can be helped by CBT include identifying ways to manage emotions, such as fear and anger, as well as coping with any type of issue or trauma in your life.  It is an excellent way for many people to learn “your mind is more powerful than your emotion,” allowing you to control the emotional or panic response associated with a situation and to react more calmly and rationally to it.

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