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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

March 12, 2013 Written by JP       [Font too small?]

The clients I work with subscribe to a wide range of views about alternative and complementary medicine. Some are receptive to trying virtually any evidence-based modality I suggest. For them, I’ll sometimes recommend practices as diverse and unconventional as reflexology, Senobi breathing and Tai Chi. Other clients are more comfortable utilizing therapies that are generally accepted in the conventional model of modern health care. Progressive muscle relaxation, structured exercise routines and therapeutic diets fall into this category.

Every so often, certain clients require additional support for both physical and psychological challenges. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an excellent option for those who fall anywhere along the “alternative” and “conventional” comfort spectrum. The esteemed Mayo Clinic defines CBT as “a common type of mental health counseling” in which you work with a psychologist or therapist “in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions”. The word “limited” is rarely associated with traditional psychotherapy. The relative affordability and brevity of CBT places it high on my list of approved treatments. The Mayo Clinic goes on to state that cognitive behavioral therapy “helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way”. It’s difficult to argue or object with this no-nonsense, results based approach.

As you might expect, CBT is primarily used to address psychological issues. And, to that end, current studies continue to report very positive results in relation to depression, insomnia, sexual abuse trauma, schizophrenic symptoms and social anxiety disorder. But, the mind-body aspect of CBT is lesser known and equally important. Recent trials reveal that short term treatment with CBT has a long lasting influence on a number of primarily physical conditions, including diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, headache pain, overweight and tinnitus. Please note that in almost all cases cognitive behavioral therapy was rightfully used in conjunction with other treatments. Because of this, CBT is generally considered an adjunct therapy that can be use alongside allopathic and/or alternative care. As such, it’s one of the better options available for those interested in economically, efficiently and safely finding coping methods and solutions for issues affecting the body and mind.

To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:

Study 1 - The Effectiveness of Internet Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) (link)

Study 2 - Randomized Controlled Trial of Telephone-Delivered Cognitive (link)

Study 3 - Impact Evaluation of a Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy Model in (link)

Study 4 – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Negative Symptoms (CBT-n) in (link)

Study 5 - Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Patients w/ Generalized Social (link)

Study 6 - A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study of a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (link)

Study 7 – Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for the Treatment of Headache (link)

Study 8 - Combining Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Milnacipran for (link)

Study 9 - Internet-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Tinnitus Patients (link)

Study 10 - Brief Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Weight Loss in Midlife Women … (link)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Reduces Clinical Depression

Source: PLoS ONE 8(2): e57447. (link)

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