Cognitive behavioral therapy has become one of the most widely used psychotherapeutic interventions of the past thirty years in Massachusetts.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has emerged as one of the most important treatment strategies of the past three decades. If we were to view a simplified model of human behavior, it would look something like the following:

Beliefs   →   Thoughts   ↔   Feelings   ↔   Behavior

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Cognitive behavioral therapy is intended to assist people with emotional dysregulation. As you can see from the above model, it can be done by changing thoughts (cognitive) and/or changing behavior (behavioral). These ideas are hundreds of years old. They have been embodied over the centuries in philosophical doctrines, such as Buddhism and grandmotherly adages. Look at the examples below:

  • Pain in life is inevitable, suffering is optional (one of the four Noble Truths of Buddhism).
  • Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill.
  • Don’t take it so personally.
  • The power of positive thinking
  • The self-fulfilling prophecy.

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There are countless other such references all intended to convey the simple ideas that (1) negative thinking will lead to negative feelings, while positive thinking will lead to positive feelings, while (2) adaptive behavior will lead to positive feelings and maladaptive behavior will lead to negative feelings.

Cognitive behavioral therapy has investigated these concepts scientifically and codified the concepts into a system of therapeutic interventions like mood logs, the three-column technique, gratitude journals, etc. These help individuals with mood disturbances recognize the negative and more automatic thoughts and behavior that they engage in and replace them with more adaptive responses.

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If you would like to find out more about cognitive behavioral therapy or the many other therapies in contemporary use, please call us.

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