Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is known as CBT and is widely considered one of the most effective tools clinicians have to address emotional and mental health issues. It is constructed on the principles of A-B-C. A is an Activating Event which can be anything from a flat tire to a break up and even a promotion at work. B is for the Beliefs we hold about ourselves including the running mental commentary such as ‘I’m not good enough, I deserved to have this happen to me, or I am better than the other people.’ C represents the Consequence of the Activating Event followed by our Beliefs (inner voice/commentary). Whether the consequences are constructive or destructive are completely influenced by the Beliefs you hold. Therapists with The Truth program use this tool to assess the validity and value of those beliefs. CBT also challenges you to look at thinking errors and to choose, for example, sadness as opposed to depression or annoyance over anger. These specific kinds of changes in the belief have led to significant changes in the consequences.