CBT Archive

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  • CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a psychological therapy designed to increase self-awareness and control over one’s thoughts and actions. It is effective for numerous disorders, including mood disorders and many anxiety disorders.

    Basic Articles
    Common Cognitive Distortions
    HALT! Take some time to think!

    How To Set Your Goals The SMART Way

    One issue I’ve always struggled with is goal setting. Never mind that when I’m manic, I tend to set really high goals that I’m super-confident that I’ll reach, but also, when I’m depressed, I make goals that I believe are achievable, and yet I still won’t achieve them. Why? Because even though the goals I set are attainable, they’re made in a way that they appear overwhelming, and inevitably, I’ll abandon the goal, and beat myself up over yet another “failure.” It’s hard to motivate yourself to achieve your goals when they are too vague to actually define what a “success” is.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – A Primer

    Trigger Warning: ´╗┐Mention of self-harm and suicide

    Approaching therapy without really knowing where you’re going or why you’re doing what you’re doing can be scary, and at times, feel thoroughly futile. I know – I’ve been there, and I’ve done that. My feelings about my therapy ranged from a desperate need for it to work, to a feeling that my problems could never be resolved, to now, the light of day as I find myself from time to time using the techniques I’ve been taught and working to control my emotions.

    HALT! Take Some Time to Think!

    HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. You should never make any important decision when you are any of these things.

    Common Cognitive Distortions

    In the article on the DBT Chain Analysis I mentioned labeling cognitive distortions. To give you a better idea of what I am talking about, and to clarify what the more common ones are, I have listed them below. If you require further clarification, I have also included the source cited. Filtering – filtering out […]