Cognitive behavioral Therapy - Online Therapy What is cognitive behavioral therapy? Cognitive behavioral therapy: the 5-G's . Event> Thoughts> Feelings> Behavior> Consequence
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What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
A common psychological treatment that is very effective is cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the influence of your thoughts (cognitions) on your behavior. This treatment assumes that how you think determines how you feel. Your feelings then affect your behavior again. During psychotherapy this method is also often used.
Thinking often goes fast and unconsciously. We actually think throughout the day, without consciously noticing these ‘thoughts’. Yet these unconscious thoughts have a strong influence on our emotional life. Our feeling is often determined by memories of the past, fantasies, and by opinions about certain things. Your self-image also influences your cognitions.
When you have many negative thoughts, you can interpret events in your life negatively. For example, if you are dissatisfied with yourself, you will see everything with those ‘unsatisfied glasses’. If a friend forgets to say goodbye, you soon think that he does not like you either. In reality, he did not see you, otherwise he would certainly have had a chat. Negative thoughts can seriously hamper your daily functioning, and also keep problems going. You can avoid situations, get angry, or suffer from anxiety or depression.
Cognitive behavioral therapy: the 5-G’s
Cognitive behavioral therapy is mainly aimed at converting problematic thoughts into helping thoughts. During cognitive behavior therapy use is made of the so-called ‘G-schema’, or the 5 G’s:
Event> Thoughts> Feelings> Behavior> Consequence
This G-scheme is used to find out where your behavior comes from. Behavior is always a reaction to a certain event that awakened thoughts and feelings in you. Your behavior is thus determined by your thoughts and feelings. First you learn to become aware of your cognitions during the therapy, and where they come from. Then you will learn how to influence your interpretations in a positive way. You learn to look at events and look at yourself in a different way.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a scientifically proven treatment that can help with anxiety, panic, sleep problems and depression. Motivation is an important condition for a successful treatment. Someone must be motivated to want to look at his cognitions, and want to change them.