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CBT is not very popular around here. Why?

Posted by SLS on May 10, 2009, at 7:01:16

I get the feeling that CBT is not very popular here on Psycho-Babble Psychology. Why is this?

I have used CBT successfully for quite awhile. I don't think it is meant to be a universal panacea. However, I think it has its place to help change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors at the surface. If you get real good at it, you can even help change core beliefs (I am inadequate; I am unlovable). I have seen it help quite a few people to improve their self-esteem. CBT can work quickly, and can often jump-start the therapeutic process.

I do like IPT, and it has helped me more than CBT at uncovering and working with some core issues from my past. I think CBT is actually meant to be a technique taught by the therapist or by using informational resources like books or seminars for use outside the therapeutic milieu. It is something you can practice all day long as negative messages (automatic thoughts) pop-up. IPT and CBT can work well together. They are not either/or therapeutic modalities. They are complementary.

- Scott




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