Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Dr. Robert Heller
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and its “sister” therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) have been around and well researched for approximately 60 years. They are generally highly effective approaches for many individuals and conditions when applied by a well skilled and experienced clinician. I was trained by the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Dr.Albert Ellis and have been using this approach with clients for over 35 years.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if Cognitive Behavioral Therapy might be a good approach for you:
- Do you prefer to focus mostly on what’s going on in the present and not spend a lot of time reviewing/exploring my past?
- Would you rather talk about your current situation and what you can do to improve it vs. talking about your parents, early childhood or dreams?
- Are you looking for an approach where the therapist does MORE than quietly just politely listens?
- Would you like to not only feel better but get better by learning and applying specific tools you can use in and out of the therapy office?
- Would you prefer an approach that is more structured and less open ended?
- Do you basically believe that your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs largely affect how you feel?
- Do you like the idea of identifying goals for therapy and a plan for accomplishing those goals?
- Are you looking for an approach where you may not need medication to manage your emotions or where you might be able to cut down or get off of medication you are currently taking?
- Are you willing to put in time and effort between sessions to do “homework” which may include reading, writing, listening and practicing various exercises?
- Are you seeking an approach that may help you reach your goals over a period of months vs. years?
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, that you are very likely a good candidate for working with and benefiting from CBT and/ or REBT.