Research has shown that psychotherapy can be just as helpful, and at times more helpful, than medication when it comes to the treatment of psychological issues, such as depression and anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one treatment approach.
CBT is collaborative, goal-directed and action-driven . It is based on the belief that dysfunctional thoughts are the catalyst for negative emotions and unhelpful behaviors. It also takes into account the role that learning has in the development of behaviors. Therapists who utilize a CBT approach will examine the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They will help clients to change their thinking and behavior patterns to be more adaptive, healthier and effective.
So, even if a situation cannot be changed, if you change the way you think, you can change the way you feel!
Find out more about CBT: http://www.nacbt.org/whatiscbt.htm
Find out more about psychotherapy: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-psychotherapy.aspx
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