Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy which helps identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns which have a negative influence on behavior and emotions. It focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety, and other factors which have a detrimental impact on mood. Through CBT, these thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective, realistic thoughts. This therapy focuses on a wide range of strategies to help people overcome negative thinking.

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The Mindfulness Process

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Mindfulness is a way of changing your relationship with the world by focusing attention on the present moment in a non-judgmental way. It will be calm and won’t feel like you’re in the middle of a tsunami. It will feel like you are 20 thousand feet above the storm and looking down at the waves from the window of your plane.

Mindfulness is a scientific and philosophical way of interacting with our world. By using Mindfulness, you will appreciate the present moment more and reduce distractions and thoughts about the past or what is going to happen in the future, to create clarity. This will give you a sense of contentment and help you relax and enjoy those wonderful little moments you sometimes miss. As a person who is aware of his or her mind and body will find it easier to respond to any given set of circumstances on any given day.

Over time, with practice, you can start using these skills naturally throughout the day. This will allow you to be in the present more often, which will give you more positive interactions with the world and allow you to enjoy your surroundings more and more. Research also suggests that, by using Mindfulness, the brain’s emotionally reactive center, the Amygdala, which triggers the “fight, flight, freeze” stress response, can be overridden by the conscious part of the brain which can activate the “relaxation response” and restore balance to the mind and body.

It’s about paying attention to something, in a specific way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.