Together with your therapist, you learn much about yourself and your behaviors during CBT. How your therapy helps you includes:Identifying Negative Thoughts
You learn how your thoughts and feelings contribute to your behaviors. It is not always an easy process, especially if you tend to avoid looking deeply inward. But you can make great strides in self-discovery to improve your treatment process and results.Practicing Learned Skills
You will learn new skills in your therapy. You need to practice these in order to ease using them in real life. Some of this practice can involve role play or other methods with your therapist.Setting Goals
Setting goals makes a big difference in your mental health recovery. By doing so, you influence real changes that improve your quality of life and overall well-being. Your therapist will help you set goals by helping you identify what you want to achieve, separating short-term and long-term goals and focusing on the process of achieving them. They help you set SMART goals in particular, those that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based.Problem Solving
It is important to learn problem solving skills in your therapy to help you deal with life stress
and reduce how your mental or physical conditions negatively impact your life. This problem solving involves five key steps, including:
• Identifying an issue
• Listing potential solutions
• Evaluating potential solutions
• Choosing which solution to enact
• Enacting the solutionSelf-Monitoring
As part of self-monitoring, or journaling, you track your behaviors, symptoms and experiences. You then share these with your therapist who uses the information to fine-tune your treatment. This self-monitoring also provides you with great insight into your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
You can expect gradual results through CBT. Your treatment provides you with steps to healing and living a psychologically healthier life. You can also expect to achieve both short-term and long-term goals during your therapy. These goals provide markers toward your improvement and help you see your positive results along the way.