“Behavior therapy has given me the tools to recognize and fight unhealthy thoughts and actions. I’ve been using it for years and would recommend it to anyone seeking to develop a more positive view of themselves or the world.” – G
What are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies?
Cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) focus on identifying thought and behavior patterns that aren’t working and changing them to fit your needs.
There are several therapies that are based on the principles of CBT, including DBT and ACT.
Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT uses cognitive-behavioral skills with individuals who experience emotional dysregulation. It helps clients improve their awareness, ability to tolerate distress, and more. You can learn more about DBT here.
DBT is an evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and complex trauma. It is also useful for individuals with self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, addictions, eating disorders, and other behaviors related to impulsivity.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Like CBT, ACT assumes that anxiety and depression can be treated by changing thinking and behavior. It uses a combination of classic CBT strategies with newer skills. You can learn more about those here.
CBT and its derivatives are among the most researched mental health treatments. They have been found to be effective for almost every category of mental health disturbance: anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, complicated grief, substance abuse, trauma recovery, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia.