Answers Top Cognitive Behaviour Therapy FAQs

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What is cognitive behaviour therapy? What issues does cognitive therapy address? What are the basic principles of cognitive behaviour therapy? What are the benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy? Who can go for therapy? What happens during therapy? What’s the role of the therapist? How long does therapy last? How will I know that therapy is working? Can I get medication as well? What can I do to supplement therapy? How much does therapy cost? Can my insurance cover cognitive behavioural therapy? I am unsure of therapy. What should I do? Where can I find a therapist?


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Introduction A few decades ago there was a lot of stigma surrounding the issue of mental health. People could not openly seek therapy without the society raising eyebrows. However over the last decade we have seen people embracing treatment for mental health issues. Today you can seek professional help to improve behaviour change thinking patterns and improve your quality of life. One such forms of therapy is cognitive behaviour therapy CBT. In this section Alexandra Gusinsky a registered psychotherapist and counsellor for mental health in Toronto gives you detailed answers to all your questions regarding cognitive behaviour therapy and how it can help you or your loved one.

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Table of Contents • What is cognitive behaviour therapy • What issues does cognitive therapy address • What are the basic principles of cognitive behaviour therapy • What are the benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy • Who can go for therapy • What happens during therapy • What’s the role of the therapist

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Table of Contents • How long does therapy last • How will I know that therapy is working • Can I get medication as well • What can I do to supplement therapy • How much does therapy cost • Can my insurance cover cognitive behavioural therapy • I am unsure of therapy. What should I do • Where can I find a therapist

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What is cognitive behaviour therapy Cognitive behaviour therapy is a form of psychotherapy that aims at changing the patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind people’ s difficulties. The treatment is usually focused on the present limited in duration short-term and goal oriented. During treatment the therapist works with the patient to identify distorted beliefs and thoughts modify them and generate new opinions and ideas that gradually change behaviour attitudes and perspectives. The therapy also aims at helping individuals develop problem-solving skills that can be applied in day-to-day life. As a result cognitive behaviour therapy has been identified as one of the most effective and realistic forms of talk therapy that produces positive results. It is preferred by most people as it is a short-term form of therapy that bears fruits after just a few sessions of treatment.

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What issues does cognitive therapy address Cognitive therapy can be used to treat and resolve a wide range of mental emotional and behavioural issues. These include the following: • Sleeping problems • Relationship problems • Depression • Anxiety disorders • Eating disorders • Drug use problems • Severe mental illness • Phobias • Trauma

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The therapy would also be useful for individuals who: • Want to be better parents but feel like they are failing • Struggle to achieve their goals • Feel disempowered in life • Feel a sense of disconnect with friends family or society As you can see the therapy can be useful in addressing a broad range of issues. Whatever you are facing in life this form of treatment can help you adopt more adaptive patterns of thinking that will change your attitude thoughts and behaviour and help you realize positive changes in your physical emotional psychological and social life.

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What are the basic principles of cognitive behaviour therapy Cognitive behaviour therapy is based on three main principles. There are: • Psychology problems result from a learned pattern of unhealthy behaviour • Psychological problems occur from unhelpful and inaccurate patterns of thinking • Individuals who suffer from mental issues can resolve them by adopting techniques to change their attitude and way of thinking and embrace problem-solving skills These principles summarise the whole concept of using therapy to address the above- mentioned issues. An individual identifies unhealthy patterns of doing things and unhelpful thoughts and attitudes. They then shift to healthy and positive ways of thinking that result in an improved quality of life.

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What are the benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy Cognitive behavioural therapy has various benefits for individuals. These include the following: • Ability to identify and curb negative thoughts and emotions • Ability to resolve marital issues • Anger management • Ability to overcome PTSD • Ability to overcome eating and sleeping disorders • Ability to solve problems at work and in personal relationships • Ability to cope with grief or loss These are just some of the advantages of seeking therapy. Whatever problem you have your therapist will help you overcome it and realize positive change.

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Who can go for therapy Therapy is ideal for both adults and children. In the case of children they may not have the same behavioural and psychological issues in children. Some of the problems that prompt parents to take their kids for CBT include the following: • Anxiety issues • Depression • Self-esteem issues • Substance abuse • Eating disorders • Stress

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Cognitive behavioural therapy can be helpful for children as young as six years. As long as a child is old enough to understand their underlying thought problems they can benefit from this form of therapy. However I may ask to have a few sit-ins with you as the parent before tackling the child ’ s problems. These sessions with the parent help to identify the root cause of the problem and make the child comfortable enough to open up.

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What happens during therapy Cognitive behavioural therapy takes a practical and not a textbook approach. Therefore it would be hard to explicitly outline what happens during therapy as different people will have different needs. However the therapist will allow you to identify and talk about your problems and then help you to come up with practical solutions. Your therapist will work as a life coach to assist you in problem-solving and setting personal and professional goals. For example a person that is being treated for marital problems will not have similar sessions as one who has esteem issues. The therapist will use different approaches to address the matter at hand and help patients find relief. During the first session your therapist will have a talk with you concerning what to expect during the therapy. Be ready to open up as much as possible to find practical and effective solutions to your problems.

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What’s the role of the therapist In a CBT session the work of the therapy is to primarily listen to you and help you to identify your problems. They will also employ various professional techniques to help you work through these issues. For example a therapist will act as a mindfulness trainer to help you ground your thoughts and eliminate negative thoughts and attitudes. They will also play the role of a life coach and help you come up with practical solutions to day-to-day problems that you are dealing with at work and home. Your therapist will walk every step with you to help you achieve your therapy goals. They will not just sit and listen. They will not provide textbook solutions to your issues. Think of them as a friend who will take the journey with you until you arrive at your destination.

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How long does therapy last Again the period for therapy will vary from one person to another. The time that it takes for one individual to realize results may not be the same for another. However cognitive behavioural therapy is a short-form mode of treatment. Therefore treatment can range anywhere between 12 and 20 weeks or slightly more depending on the scope of the issues that need to be addressed. Don ’ t worry about the period for therapy. Your therapist will work around your schedule to find the best time to meet. You will probably require short meetings of around one hour a few times a week. If you have a tight schedule your therapist can also work with you to find the best meeting time. There is no pressure to set meetings at specific intervals.

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How will I know that therapy is working You will begin to notice positive changes after a few sessions of therapy. The problem that led you t therapy may not yet be solved but you should find yourself having a more positive attitude or behaviour towards the issue. Therapy will assist you to change your attitude thoughts and actions toward a particular issue. Therefore if this is happening it means that the treatment is working.

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Can I get medication as well Most people find relief from their issues without requiring medication. However some conditions such as depression may be resolved better by combining medication and cognitive behavioural therapy. If you are on any drugs before treatment notify your therapist so that they can know how to handle it. Depending on the issue at hand the therapist should be able to assess your progress after a few weeks and determine whether the sessions alone are working. If the growth is slow or non-existence they may recommend medication to help you deal with the issues better. If this is the case the therapist will also advise you to see a specialist such as a psychiatrist so that you can get the right medication and in the appropriate dosage.

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What can I do to supplement therapy There are a few things that you can do to improve therapy and make sure that you realise positive results within the shortest time possible. These things include using cognitive therapy readings pamphlets and workbooks. Before each session think about what you learned in the previous one and what you would like to share. You can also make notes so that you don’ t forget your points. After therapy your therapist can give you recordings of anything that you wish to remember. When you are proactive your thought process also improves and this results in positive changes.

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How much does therapy cost The cost of therapy will vary from one service provider to another. It will also depend on other factors such as the number of sessions the complexity of the issue and the need for additional forms of treatment. Talk to your therapist so that they can give you an estimate of how much you will pay for therapy. Most therapists will charge you per session or hour.

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Can my insurance cover cognitive behavioural therapy The question of whether insurance will cover your therapy sessions will depend on your insurer and the kind of health policy that you have. Other external factors may also come into play. For example if you are seeking therapy after a traumatic accident the liable party may be required by the court to pay for all medical expenses. However in the case of insurance talk to your service provider to find out whether your health policy will cover the treatment.

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I am unsure of therapy. What should I do The thought of going for therapy do es n’ t sit well with everyone. Some are sceptical about its effectiveness while others are afraid that they wo n’ t get time off their schedules. Whichever your reason is for doubting therapy think of the following: • Consider therapy as an experiment. You may not be entirely sure that it will work therefore think of it as an experiment. It may or may not work. If it does work you will come out better and stronger. However even if it doesn’ t you will still have picked up essential skills that will help you tackle issues in the future. • Realize that you do n ’ t have to commit to five months of therapy. Once you begin to see results you can start working out the issues on your own. • There is no risk in going for therapy. If anything it is a chance for you to make significant changes that will improve your quality of life increase your productivity and make you happier and healthier. • Having concerns is normal. A therapist can listen to the concerns you have about this form of treatment and help you to resolve them.

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Where can I find a therapist Are you convinced that cognitive behaviour therapy is going to help you work through your problems Do you need a therapist to walk this journey with you If so look no further than My Psychotherapist. Here you will receive professional psychotherapy treatment from me Alexandra Gusinsky a registered psychotherapist and counselor for mental health in Toronto. Fill the contact form on the website and get a fifteen-minute free consultation session. I will take my time to guide you as you explore your beliefs and ways of thinking and as you think over some of the troubling experiences that you have had in your past. Sometimes it can be quite daunting to seek for help but I can assure you that I always provide a safe environment to my clients. My clinic is free from any form of judgment and very conducive to healing. My goal is to foster professional connection based mutual respect trust and care.

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