Cognitive and behavioral therapeutic techniques are most often used together to help a client make changes in their thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Behavior Therapy specifically focuses on changing the way one behaves through a process of reinforcing or rewarding desired behaviors, and desensitizing one to fears or phobias. Cognitive Therapy challenges the thinking patterns that maintain or contribute to problematic thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Using cognitive and behavioral methods together, the therapist and client identify and challenge the negative thoughts contributing to the problem. The therapist then helps the client to use revised, more positive thinking while trying out new behavioral alternatives.
When to use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has been proven effective for addressing:
- Obsessions and Compulsions
- Sleep Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Relationship Issues