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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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Cognitive Behavioral Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy is not specific and exact therapy. It is incorporated into another model of therapy and there are also different similarities within the approaches. Also, the model will be adjusted to the situation that has to be dealt with by the patient.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment based on the experience and observation of the patient that deal on patterns of thinking that are characterized by poor adaptation and the beliefs that underlie such thinking. The counselor will then bring the person to take such belief and change it as a hypothetical fact rather than a fact or a conviction. As an example, if someone thinks that "woman does not like him" the CBT will bring him to look at this thought as a hypothesis rather than a fact.

Cognitive therapy (CT) tries to help the person surmount obstacles and difficulties by distinguishing and changing dysfunctional thoughts, behavior, and emotional stimuli. It involves helping people build skills for modifying beliefs, identifying deformed thinking, in relation to others in several ways, and changing one's behaviors.

The therapy is based on cooperation between the patient and therapist and on testing beliefs. The treatment may include testing the suppositions which someone makes and recognizing how definite his usually unquestioned thoughts are twisted, unreal and unhelpful. Once those thoughts have been addressed, the person's feelings on the subject of those thoughts are more easily subject to be modified.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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