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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the Philippines


What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a collaborative form of psychological treatment wherein the therapist and the client/patient work together to develop an understanding of a problem and develop a treatment plan to address the problem.


CBT is gaining traction in the Philippines as another option to tackle anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. By challenging an individual’s own thinking, problematic emotions, and behavior, CBT teaches the patient to be their own therapist.


According to the American Psychology Association, cognitive behavioral therapy is based on several core principles, including:


1. Psychological problems are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking.

2. Psychological problems are based, in part, on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior.

3. People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.


During CBT sessions, you can expect that the therapist will give you “homework” that uses different strategies designed to help you recognize how you are feeling and what’s going on with your mind. By being mindful of what thoughts are present before a corresponding emotion happens, CBT can modify false beliefs that often lead to negative self-talk.


CBT treatment is often shorter compared to other forms of therapy and focuses on the present and future rather than the past. In fact, the goal of CBT is to help the patient in the shortest amount of time possible and to equip the patient with coping mechanisms that will help them think more carefully and objectively about a situation rather than think negatively when things get harder.


In children and adults, a diagnosed mental condition is not needed to undergo cognitive behavioral therapy. Individuals who struggle with self-defeating thoughts, defiance, impulsivity, and tantrums can benefit from CBT. This type of therapy trains patients to replace negative reactions with improved self-image, problem-solving skills, and more self-control.


CBT might be able to help if you are diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, depression, disordered eating, obesity, or bipolar disorder.


Brightminds Early Intervention Center offers cognitive behavioral therapy in Makati, Metro Manila. Please call us at 0916 547 6870 for more details.



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