Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
Self-Help for Critical Thinkers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a thoroughly enjoyable course for the critical thinker who would like to improve their quality of life. Professor Satterfield’s presentation is warm and engaging as he deftly blends history, science, inspirational stories, and case studies in each lecture. As you progress through the course, you will: gain a comprehensive understanding of the complex relationship between cognitions (thoughts), emotions (feelings), and behaviour; see how a very empirical process can be applied to very emotional situations; find success through analyzing situations in which you failed to achieve your goals; ramp up your positive emotions and moderate the negative ones; and understand the full scope of treatment options available. With the tools in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the desire to improve your situation, you can create lasting change in your life simply with the power of your own mind. The course is broken down into the following 24 lectures. Cognitive Behavioral Foundations Quantified Self-Assessment for Therapy Setting Therapeutic Goals Third-Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Stress and Coping Anxiety and Fear Treating Depression Anger and Rage Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Positive Psychology Healing Traumatic Injuries Forgiveness and Letting Go Digging Deep and Finding Meaning Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Medicine Staying on the Wagon Thinking Healthy: Weight and Nutrition Behavioural Therapy for Chemical Addictions Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Mastering Chronic Pain Building and Deepening Relationships Constructive Conflict and Fighting Fair Thriving at Work through Behavioral Health Developing Emotional Flexibility Finding the Best Help CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. Built on a solid foundation of neurological and behavioural research, CBT is not simply about treating mental illness. It is an approach almost anyone can use for promoting greater mental health and improving quality of life. In the early lectures, Dr Satterfield sets out the templates for analysing and assessing each of the conditions, and through subsequent lectures builds on a central framework which can be applied to most scenarios with supplemental questionnaires and references to resources which can aid the student in applying CBT to their own life. If you follow or read much of the professional development work available today you will see elements of CBT appearing in coaching and mentoring. In the last lecture, Dr Satterfield even addresses this point and looks at a selection of other development models and popular self-help books (e.g. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) and how closely they align with CBT. He discusses a number of alternative routes other than CBT as these may be more applicable to some individuals, as well as the role of medication in some conditions. My Takeaway Overall, I found this a useful insight into psychology today and how a relatively simple and logical framework can be used to help you break down issues that may be plaguing you into manageable, identifiable elements which can be addressed. We often suffer when we generalise and everything starts to trigger us, but if we can step back and look at what is going on we often see the grains of truth that help us recover. A useful tool to have in your toolbox.