What is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy is extremely popular and one of the types of behavioural therapies available. It combines behavioural therapy with cognitive therapy. Treatment is centred around how someone’s thoughts and beliefs influence their actions and moods. It often focuses on a person’s current problems and how to solve them. The long-term goal is to change a person’s thinking and behavioural patterns to healthier ones.
Cognitive Behavioural Play Therapy
Cognitive behavioural play therapy is commonly used with children. By watching children play, therapists are able to gain insight into what a child is uncomfortable expressing or unable to express. Children may be able to choose their own toys and play freely. They might be asked to draw a picture or use toys to create scenes in a sandbox. Therapists may teach parents how to use play to improve communication with their children.
How Affective Is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy?
Behavioural therapy has successfully been used to treat a large number of conditions.
It’s considered to be extremely effective.
About 75% of people who enter cognitive behavioural therapy experience some benefits from treatment.
One study found that cognitive behavioural therapy is most effective when treating:
- Anxiety Disorders
- General stress
- Anger Control Problems
- Somatoform Disorders
- Substance Abuse
Studies have shown that play therapy is very effective in children ages 3 to 12. However, this therapy is increasingly being used in people of all ages.
What Is Affective For Children?
Applied behavioural therapy and play therapy are both used for children.
Treatment usually involves teaching children different methods of responding to situations more positively.
A central part of this therapy is rewarding positive behaviour and punishing negative behaviour.
It is a parents/carer’s role if the child is to learn positive reinforcement. Parents/carers must help to reinforce this in the child’s day-to-day life.
It may take children some time adjust and to trust their counsellor. This is normal.
They will eventually warm up to them if they feel they can express themselves without consequences.
Children with autism and ADHD often benefit from behavioural therapy.
How to find a behavioural therapist
Finding a therapist can feel overwhelming, but there are many resources that make it easier.
When finding a provider, you can choose from:
- social workers
- faith-based counsellors
- non-faith-based counsellors
You should make sure that the provider you choose has the necessary certifications and degrees. Some providers will focus on treating certain conditions, such as eating disorders or depression.
If you don’t know how to get started finding a therapist, you can ask your doctor for a recommendation.
They may recommend you to a psychiatrist if they think you might benefit from medication. Psychiatrists are able to write prescriptions for medication.
For Europe, most insurance plans will cover therapy but for the UK The NHS will cover the fees.
A therapist will ask you many personal questions about yourself. You will know you have found the right therapist if you feel comfortable talking to them. You may have to meet with several therapists before you find the right one.
Where Can You Get Help?
Anxiety UK. Charity providing support if you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm).
SOS Help. is an English-language emotional support line for the international community in France
Phone 01 46 21 46 46 every day from 3-11 pm or “callsoshelp” via Skype
Phone +91 96 71 21 099 (Open 24*7)
Homeless person in the Greater Chennai Area who you suspect is suffering from mental illness?
Contact ADAA works to prevent, treat and cure anxiety
ADAA is an international non profit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research.
8701 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Belgian non-profit Community Help Service (CHS) provides emotional and practical support to people who find it easier to use English than one of the official languages. CHS operates a confidential 24/7 information and crisis telephone helpline. Community Help Service (CHS) is a non-profit organisation established in 1971 as a resource for the English-speaking expatriate population of Belgium.
Book an appointment phone 02 647 67 80
Phone help line 02 648 40 14 24/7
Phone 02 647 67 80
The Community Help Service Office is open to receive your calls 10:00 – 16:00, Monday – Friday.
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