Cognitive behavior therapy exercise
Psychologist David A. Yusko, PsyD, associate director the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, helps patients suffering from all kinds of life-disrupting phobias. And he says almost all can be cured with cognitive behavior therapy.
The American Psychological Association points out cognitive behavior therapy is an umbrella term for psychotherapy treatments and cognitive behavior therapy exercises focusing on present reactions to circumstances and how people can change the way they think, behave, and feel to relieve their anxiety and depression.
“We really think of it as a triangle. A is affect or how you feel, B is behavior or how you act, and C is cognition or how you think; and these are all interconnected with one another,” Yusko explained.
“So if you are feeling sad, that leads you to maybe think your life is not going so well, which leads to certain behaviors like sleeping more or isolating yourself, which ultimately makes you feel sadder; you can see the interconnected cycle there.”
What cognitive behavioral therapy is, bottom line, is a way to identify anxious thoughts, replace them with more realistic thoughts, and break the cycle causing a phobia.
April 01, 2020
Janet O’Dell, RN