Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a highly effective, well-researched, form of therapy. It is a combination of cognitive therapy, which involves examining how your thoughts influence your feelings, and behavioral therapy, which looks to change behaviors that lead to unwanted outcomes or emotional states. CBT teaches people portable skills for responding to stress and negative emotions in an adaptive and healthy way. CBT is an evidence-based way to help with a multitude of issues, including depression, anxiety, insomnia and phobias.
The behavioral aspect of CBT focuses on how our actions influence our emotions and vice versa. Two foundational elements of behavior therapy are exposure therapy and behavioral activation. Exposure therapy helps you gradually confront stressful events, situations or phobias with your therapist and gives you tools to deal with the unwanted emotions states that come up during this process. At the end of exposure therapy you can face these challenges with greater ease and confidence. Behavioral activation builds adaptive behavior through developing schedules and creative experiments, e.g. exercise or social activities.
CBT informs much of Dr. Fader’s work in sport, performance and motivation. Because CBT is skill-based and promotes adaptive thinking, it’s highly useful even for those who aren’t suffering from a particular mental health issue. The skills taught in CBT can help anybody manage stress more effectively or simply live a happier life.
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