Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is widely used by therapists - here's what you should know

In another article, we talked a bit about the various therapies that can help with the issues that someone experiences when they have been through an abusive or traumatic situation. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most common forms of therapy used today to treat problems across the board, and is most useful for Depression and Anxiety troubles. CBT attempts to reprogram how someone thinks about themselves and the world around them, changing perspectives and altering reactions allows a person to feel more capable in facing the challenges presented to them.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy typically only focuses on the situations at present and what is affecting someone right now, rather than delving into past troubles. Taking a current issue and breaking it down clearly in the moment can show the person what is actually going on within themselves and once this is understood, they can find alternate ways of handling the issue at hand. Often times it will take a long while to reprogram previously learned habits and responses but the more someone is able to work through their current responses, the better chance they have at succeeding to overcome their reactions.

CBT is usually done one-on-one though it can also be done in groups, as well as some places offering therapy online or through reading materials. Assignments outside of the therapy sessions are typical and the sessions are usually done weekly or bi-weekly, for a short duration or until the person feels more capable of coping with their situation. Because much of the technique offered in CBT is reliant on practice, once the person learns the techniques that work for them, they can simply work on implementing them properly rather than continuing with the therapy. However, do not expect a CBT therapist to tell you exactly what to do; they will collaborate with you to find the best solutions for you and your specific issue.

Once a negative person or environment has been removed from someone’s life, the internal reactions have to change or the person will be suffering unnecessarily with the patterns of reacting that were ingrained in them by the toxic situation. Perspective is a powerful tool that can be altered if we truly want to change it. At first it can be difficult to objectively spot the patterns and cycles that we go through when it has become our way of living for so long so we may need an outsider to show us a path that perhaps we were unable to see before. This is what a CBT Therapist can do. They are trained in analyzing the current reactions and behaviors, getting to the bottom line, and finding a way to work through cycles, breaking them apart and carving out new methods and pathways towards a healthier emotional outlook. After some time, and with lots of help and practice, the process becomes second nature and the afflicted person will find themselves doing this process without effort. The weight will slowly be lifted and any new challenges will be processed in a new, healthier way, leaving no room for the depression and anxiety previously surrounding the individual.

When overcoming an abusive situation, it may be difficult to think clearly and come up with a solution to remedy the abuse, while trying to implement it may feel almost impossible. However, given the right tools and the will power to create change, it most certainly is possible, even more so– it is probable. Many may feel overwhelmed and may not know where to start, but it is important to start somewhere.

Please continue to check in with us each week for a new post about abusive behavior and how it can affect your life and the lives of those around you. There is always that first action to helping someone you care about. Let this be it!


Author Bio - Anna Czarska is a writer and actor who has 15+ years of experience dealing with various situations of abuse. She has pursued business ventures and creative pursuits as well as spending time to study psychology in both formal and personal education. For more information, you may find her Linkedin profile here:

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