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Video on why CBT works incredibly well

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a form of intervention widely used in psychotherapy counseling and life coaching.
The reason why CBT is so popular is simple, it works incredibly well. A good amount of scientific research shows how effective CBT is in helping people solve problems and experience positive outcomes.
CBT is aimed at changing patterns of thinking and behavior that keep us stuck and prevent others from overcoming the obstacles we face first. CBT provides the right tools and support to engage a powerful process of change without wasting a massive amount of time and energy.
CBT intervenes on our thoughts the way we think influences our lives because it defines how we understand and interpret the world and the events. In this sense our thinking pattern can be imagined as a pair of glasses that allows us to see the world in a certain way it is useful to work on our thoughts and beliefs to deal with issues such as depression anxiety and others.
Let’s say I have a low self esteem and my thoughts about myself are unrealistically negative. I believe i’m a worthless person whose needs are irrelevant and whose opinions are on interesting first.
CBT allows me to be aware of these thoughts and the negative impact they have on my life then CBT helps me address my limiting beliefs and challenge them effectively.
CBT also intervenes on our behavior. Our behavior has a big influence on our lives our feelings and our happiness in fact our behavior creates outcomes that can be either positive or negative. CBT makes sure that we experience less negative outcomes and more positive ones. Let’s say I have low self confidence and I avoid public speaking. My avoidance is caused by my low self-confidence but at the same time my avoidance reinforces my low self-confidence creating a vicious circle in which I’m stuck.
CBT allows me to address my behavior in small steps in order to experience positive outcomes and to react constructively to external events and circumstances.
CBT is extremely flexible it can be applied to other severe issues or more practical problems. CBT can address a variety of unpleasant situations such as: stress, anger, troublesome emotions, procrastination and others. If you are looking for an effective way to improve your life, overcome your obstacles and achieve a state of satisfaction. Cognitive Behavioral Coaching is certainly a clever option.

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