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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy actively expands the behavioural repertoire. On the one hand, behavioural patterns with long-term positive consequences, hitherto untapped due to fears or a lack of experience, are rehearsed: in a person with social phobia, for instance, it is possible to re-establish, step by step, an ability to make social contact. On the other hand, behavioural patterns with negative consequences are replaced by a new and more conducive attitude: for instance, a person suffering from agoraphobia and panic disorders can learn to reduce fear-induced tensions by openly addressing conflicts, or through sports and physical exercise, rather than by consuming alcohol. By way of the confrontation method, patients learn to expose themselves to the stimuli they fear and to endure this fear until they have become used to it at both a physiological and a cognitive level. This complex re-learning process is initially undertaken with therapeutic assistance and later followed independently by the patients, albeit with therapeutic guidance. In this way, our patients learn step by step how to overcome their fear, thus no longer allowing themselves to be dominated by fear.

Very often, physical inactivity and the loss of positive social contacts contribute to the depressive symptoms being present all the time. Negative cognitive patterns, for instance automatic thinking processes that affect self-assessment and the assessment of one’s environment and future perspectives, can become more and more entrenched. Cognitive behavioural therapy provides the possibility to modify individual thinking, perception, learning and memory.

The goal of the therapy is for patients to become aware of these negative patterns and, at the same time, to focus their own attention on positive events. The overcoming depression.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is conducted either in individual or in group sessions. This psychotherapeutic approach has proved to be extraordinarily effective in many different studies for the treatment for instance of anxiety and depression.