Thursday, May 12, 2016

Choose Cognitive Behavioral Therapy To Achieve Goals Quickly

By Stephen Schmidt

There is a practical type of therapy that sets and reaches a goal in a short time. It succeeds by changing incorrect beliefs the patient accepts as being true. These wrong beliefs might be stopping him from seeing the truth. Through cognitive behavioral therapy the patient in New Jersey can resolve issues.

It is considered one of the shortest psychotherapies. The problem is identified and a way to change it is planned out. The inaccurate beliefs can be changed when the patient sees they are not true. After that, the problem can be overcome.

One single factor that makes this short-term therapy successful is the immediate recognition of the problem. It sets a reasonable goal and achieves it in a predetermined number of sessions. If the patient holds the belief that he will never amount to anything, this inaccurate belief will be changed. By changing it, he will be free to become a success.

The CBT therapist helps her identify the wrong belief she holds. If she cannot apply for a good job it might be that she does not believe she is good enough. Once that negative belief is changed to a positive one, she will know that she can not only get the job, but be good at it.

Usually during the first session, the problem is identified and a plan to solve it is set into motion. There is no delving into past childhood events that may have led to its development. CBT deals with what is going on in the present.

A fear of dogs is one example. Unless a dog has bitten them, most people love dogs. If a patient has to choose between giving up a partner or tolerating his dog, she may prefer to accept the dog. Although she is unlikely to adore the canine buddy, she can learn to dispel the fear and live with the dog.

The course of therapy correcting the belief that all dogs are to be feared starts with a discussion about them. Looking at a movie or book about canines might be next. Then her first homework will be assigned. It is driving to a dog park, sitting in the car and seeing how dogs and owners enjoy playing together with the dogs off-leash.

Her next homework might be walking past dogs on leash as their owners take them down the sidewalk. She does not have to look directly at them as some dogs perceive that as threatening. Then she may be ready to visit in a home with small dogs. She will reach down to pet them and just spend time around them.

Homework assignments are an integral part of CBT. She may be asked to visit a humane society and walk past dogs that are confined. She may develop an empathy for the ones who do not find a forever home. If she is unable to love them, she may at least tolerate being in close proximity with them.

Soon she may reach the goal of being able to tolerate her partners dog. She may even learn to like the pet after some time passes. Most importantly, she will not reject her partner just because he loves and intends to keep his beloved dog.

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