artisticprotector replied to your post: I’m sorry life has been tough for you recently. I…
CBT stands for cognitive behavioral therapy and it’s pretty much the most common therapy method used today. it’s decent for treating things like phobias, and helping somewhat to work through the symptoms of some mental illnesses. the therapist is supposed to take on a teacher-like role, and give homework and worksheets. it’s the kind of therapy that has the therapist tell you to think of a good thing about yourself every time you have a negative thought, and will roleplay through scenarios with you in an attempt to combat the anxiety you might feel
i hate this kind of therapy style, as it addresses the symptoms of the mental illness, but never the root causes. if you’re only focusing on the symptoms, yeah you can more easily measure ‘progress’ but you’re always going to come back to the same problems because you’re not getting to the why. it doesn’t help longterm for a lot of people, and can turn them off from therapy entirely because ‘i went and they just gave me this stupid worksheet i could’ve found online myself.’ Plus, with the therapist supposed to take on a teacher role, a lot of it gets the feeling of the therapist acting like they know more about you than you do, which is never the case.
of course, CBT is easier to test scientifically than person centered or some other branch, so that’s what everyone uses. It’s alright when the techniques are employed in supplement to PCT or psychodynamic therapy, but on it’s own i feel like it can be super detrimental