About Cognitive – Behavioral Psychotherapy
The way we think (we interpret events in our lives) influences how we feel and how we feel influences how we behave.
- focuses on changing the way we think, changing thus the way we feel and behave
- combines behavioral therapy techniques with techniques of cognitive therapy and it is efficient both in clinical area (therapy of various psychiatric disorders) and health area (prevention, health promotion, personal development).
- focuses on current problems of clients and on the factors that influence and maintain them now, without putting emphasis on the client's past;
- clients play an active role in the therapeutic process – they monitor their behavior, thoughts and emotions both during and outside therapy session, they learn and practice new patterns of behavior and new strategies to cope with the problems they face, learn to identify irrational thoughts and replace them with more rational and adaptive thoughts;
- therapeutic approach is relatively short, including less therapy sessions compared to other therapeutic systems. (a therapy session lasts 45/50 minutes, usually with weekly meetings, and the therapeutic process may take about 3-6 months, depending on the particular disorder and the degree of involvement of the client and / or his family).