Dr. Judith S. Beck, an expert in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, has a series for The Huffington Post talking about everything from Cognitive Behavior Therapy and psychotherapy practitioners in general, to myths about Cognitive Behavior Therapy, to the everyday problems people face, such as the Imposter Syndrome, and how they can solve these issues with Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques.
Beck’s first post reprimands the Dr. Phil types of therapy that you see on TV, which typically dig deep into a patient’s bad relationship or dysfunctional behavior instead of finding ways to fix problems. She says Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a type of treatment used in drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment, is a type of psychotherapy that does not redundantly delve into the past. Instead, Cognitive Behavior Therapy tries to fix the problem so the person doesn’t have to perpetually need therapy.
As a Cognitive Behavior therapist and CBT expert, Beck lays out the steps that a Cognitive Behavior Therapy session should have to effectively help you treat your drug or alcohol addiction.
Beck says that in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, you don’t lay on a couch or address past histories unless it helps you in changing the ways of thinking that got you into drug and alcohol addiction in the first place.
As a Cognitive Behavior Therapy expert, Beck does not leave you with a definition of what happens in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In her second and third post, Beck breaks down Cognitive Behavior Therapy by giving readers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. She breaks down myths about Cognitive Behavior Therapy, answering common questions like what is the type of relationship a patient has with his/her Cognitive Behavior therapist, if Cognitive Behavior Therapy requires patients' to be motivated to make change (answer is no), and how a patient knows if Cognitive Behavior Therapy is working.
Her third post goes through a specific condition, the Imposter Syndrome. In Cognitive Behavior Therapy fashion, Beck gives case studies of people with the problem. She breaks down the problem by identifying the different causes and symptoms of the problem. Thirdly, she gives Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques that a person facing Imposter Syndrome could use to get over this condition. Does this sound familiar? It follows the exact steps that she laid out in her first post about how a correct Cognitive Behavior Therapy process should look.
The series of blog posts is an example in and of itself of how Cognitive Behavior Therapy works. They show you how a Cognitive Behavior therapist will help you identify a problem, help you understand what is causing you to have issues, and give you the tools to find a solution and help you implement them to solve the problem. Sounds a little different than what you see on TV.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is not easy. But the treatment’s focus on taking action steps to stop drug abuse and alcohol addiction is what will move you beyond dwelling on the past or your present addiction and towards living a clean and sober life in the future.
Dr. Judith S. Beck has faced her own qualms about the practice psychotherapy and found her solution in helping people gain understanding and tools to actually solve problems by practicing Cognitive Behavior Therapy. You can take these same Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques and apply them to your life to soon become free of drug and alcohol addiction.
Dr. Judith S. Beck is president of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and author of several books on Cognitive Behavior Therapy.