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Cognitive therapy (also known as cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT) is based on the theory that much of how we feel is determined by what we think. Disorders, such as depression, are believed to be the result of faulty thoughts and beliefs. By correcting these inaccurate beliefs, the person's perception of events and emotional state improve.
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RainmanTwentyEight
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Registered: December 2013
Location: Riverside, CA
Posts: 10
Review Date: Mon December 23, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Has helped me reclaim my life
Cons: None

This is the best therapy that I have received! I have been challenged to grow and deal with my depression rather than allow it to take over my life and understand why I was depressed like psychodynamic therapy. I felt like depression controlled my life until CBT.

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weird artist
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Registered: October 2008
Location: England
Posts: 62
Review Date: Tue May 11, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: quickly improves things
Cons: can only be done successfully by a good practitioner. Take care when trying it out, since a bad therapist could ruin your opinion.

if your therapist doesn't do it for you try another, and keep open minded. Keep up any exercises they recommend and give it a good shot, it can be incredibly good.

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Simcha
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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 1156
Review Date: Thu January 8, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
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Efficacy varies depending on the experience and skill of the psychologist. The best CBT is tailored to the individual and is not set to terminate according to a definitive time-table. Eclectic approaches within a CBT framework seem to work the best. "Homework" should not be the defining characteristic of CBT either, as it does not replace the genuine rapport or the skill of the therapist. CBT, like all other types of psychotherapy should be a partnership with a non-authoritarian, non-paternalistic PhD/PsyD. clinical or counseling psychologist or licensed mental health counselor. While psychiatrists have their place and can be quite knowledgeable about psychiatric medications and the DSM IV-TR, they are usually trained inadequately in modern psychotherapy techniques/theory/practice. That said, CBT is a really good service---depending on the quality of the practitioner providing it.

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frightened
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Registered: July 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 11
Review Date: Sun September 23, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: CBT helps me stop spinning out of control emotionally
Cons: Sometimes the emotion comes before thought

Sometimes there is guilt associated with not doing well emotionally...T. will ask if I WANT to get better, as though I am not trying hard enough. Also not very helpful when dealing with suicidal ideation. But sometimes it does let me get a handle on what is causeing the crisis, and that seems to take the power out of the pain. CBT has ben very helpful, but there still seems to be more that is deeper, and resistant to simply changing my thinking.

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Sveva
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Registered: June 2007
Review Date: Thu June 21, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: progressive "getting to know yourself" and why you behave in a certain way
Cons:

The treatment price in my country (Italy) can be 0 if you use the national health assistance, and I use it. Side effects might be caused by the personality of the psychotherapist, and that's why I wanted to choose my psychotherapist myself, and I had the opportunity to do so. I had a first psychotherapy of this kind that lasted for 8 years and shortly after I started a new one. Now it's about 5 years that I'm following this psychotherapy and I wish to on. I'm sure I could never have done such a thing in the USA, because I wouldn't have had enough money.

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sunrise
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Registered: January 2007
Location: U.S.
Posts: 10301
Review Date: Fri March 9, 2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Good for people who want to relieve superficial symptoms.
Cons: Does not get at the root of the problems. They tend to resurface.

This was not an effective therapy for me or my specific problems (trauma, abuse), but has helped many people. It felt like a very superficial "band-aid" and lacked an ability to get at the root of problems and really heal them. Does not seem to be a healing therapy. Faulty thinking is not the root of all problems. For those people where faulty thinking is a major problem, CBT can indeed be helpful. I did find some fairly quick relief from SOME symptoms of depression, but to really beat depression, I had to dig deeper with non-CBT methods. CBT is an approach much endorsed by employers and insurance companies.

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powerofparadigms
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Buffalo, NY area
Review Date: Sun March 4, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Action oriented, Good for many disorders/problems, Promotes much insight and rapid change for client
Cons:

I absolutely love this therapy theory/practice. There are so many benefits to utilizing CBT and it's applicable in so many areas. I also highly recommend Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

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Special_K
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Registered: July 2008
Location: Georgia, US
Review Date: Thu November 2, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: empirically validated for OCD, anxiety, depression. combines the most effective cognitive and behaviourist techniques
Cons: the focus on changing cognition can be experienced as invalidating for those with trauma disorders / emotional dysregulation

Cognitive behaviour therapy is an eclectic approach that attempts to draw on empirically validated techniques derived from both behaviour therapy and cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapy has been empirically validated as a treatment for:- OCD - Anxiety / Phobias (in virtue of behaviourist techniques) - Depression - Delusions / voices / hallucinationsCognitive behaviour therapy is typically problem focused, so it is well suited for people who have particular issues (from the above list in particular) that they want to deal with. The course of therapy is also comparitively short (compared to psychodynamic type therapies though these are starting to be shortened to better compete with CBT).CBT might not be well suited to people with trauma disorders and personality disorders (including borderline personality disorder). Some reasons for this (and also reasons that other people may struggle) include:- The focus on cognitions, as they maintain that faulty cognitions are the typical cause of distressing emotions. The direction of causation is much disputed as there is evidence that emotions can occur in response to unconscious stimuli and when people are required to justify their emotion after some time in CBT they confabulate faulty cognitions even though their cognitions weren't playing a causal role in their emotional experience. This is more likely to be true for people with a history of trauma. - There is also evidence that emotion can be encapsulated from cognition so that one can believe one thing and feel another. This can occur when people know the spider can't hurt them but they still feel terrified in response, for example. The person says they don't believe the spider can hurt them so cognitive restructuring is fairly pointless with respect to changing the fear response. Behaviourist techniques are likely responsible for the progress made in the case of phobia / anxiety.A downside of CBT is that the focus on faulty cognition can be experienced as invalidating of emotion. The focus on changing faulty cognition can reinforce the belief that certain emotions are unacceptable and must be changed.The success of CBT (like other forms of therapy) is highly dependent on the issues of the client and the therapist client fit.I would reccomend CBT as a good first port of call for the above mentioned issues as it is short term. I would also suggest that if one gets to the end of the techniques that the therapist feels able to teach and one feels like one needs more to seek out a therapist with a different orientation.It varies considerably depending on your therapist. Some are happy to incorporate humanist existential and psychodynamic techniques while others are not... Therapists also vary in their focus on cognitions and CBT in the hands of a sensitive clinician can be very beneficial indeed.

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Registered: December 2003
Location: Coram Deo
Posts: 32402
Review Date: Sun October 8, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The results affect and improve all aspects of thinking and thus improves outlook on life.
Cons: Requires complete trust and cooperation with therapist who shows you your cognitive distortions. Facing and changing your incorrect way of thinking can be difficult.

This modality isn't for wimps. It takes being able to face your own errors of thought, admit them, and work hard to change them. Countering yourself consistently (and allowing your therapist to also counter you in session) takes patience with yourself and working through the hurt of "being wrong." Often it includes realizing from where in your life the distortions came.

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niko851
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Noblesville, IN USA
Posts: 75
Review Date: Tue July 25, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: One-on-One dealing with reality and how to move forward w/a plan
Cons: Fears of opening up and looking beyond the negatives

If it wasn't for this, I wouldn't be here typing my opinion. I am a firm believer that with any disorder, with or without medication combo's, one can look deep inside - when he/she is ready that is - and start to help oneself through the guidance of another. We all need someone who is well-trained to help us all learn about our disorders, what triggers them, and how to DEAL with them. As much as I hate my life often, I still try to keep at least one positive thing in the back of my head. CBT is a must for me - I know I have someone to count on to be by my side when needed.

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Eleora
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 264
Review Date: Thu June 22, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
Pros:
Cons:

I didn't find it very helpful for me, but I know it has helped other people. For me, trying to change the way I think to something else more positive didn't work. My gut wasn't feeling positive, and even my psychologist has said that he doesn't expect me to ever be able to feel positive or optimistic about life because I am too much of a realist.My experience aside, I know it has helped, and probably saved, the lives of some of my friends. So I have to say I would reccommend everyone try it once and see what they think for themselves.

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Monty_girl
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Registered: December 2004
Location: South Central Kentucky
Posts: 1557
Review Date: Thu June 15, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
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Cons:

You need to have an understanding first of where your thoughts and feelings come from before this benefits. Went in circles never getting to the issues that caused my behaviors and depression. Had very short term benefits for me. Old problems always seemed to reappear shortly after ending treatment and would need therapy short after ending CBT.

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kimmydawn
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Registered: October 2004
Location: ohio, us
Posts: 15411
Review Date: Tue June 13, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: saved my quality of life today
Cons: emotionally painful at times

This course of therapy literally saved my quality of life in that I understand my reactions, but more importantly I understand that many of those reactions no longer apply/help in my world today.

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