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Take Another Look At Cognitive Therapy

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What do you see when you look at this image?

Do you see a carved black goblet?

Or do you see two white faces, almost

touching at their noses?

What’s The First Thing You See?

Usually you will see one image first,

and once it is pointed out to you that there

is another way to look at it, it is easy to see

the second image.

Now You Will Always See Both!

And once you have seen both, if you are

ever presented with this image again, you

will still have a preference for seeing one

image but will then be able to see the second

one fairly quickly, having learned there is

another way to view the picture.

Welcome to Cognitive Therapy!

I’ve just given you a way to understand why

cognitive therapy can be so powerful and

helpful to people who are interested in

changing their lives.

We all have ways that we view ourselves,

people, our past, and even the way the world

works based on the ways we were raised, the

experiences we had growing up, various

trials and traumas we may have experienced.

It Is Hard to Shift Our First View

You may know from your own experience

how hard it can be to change how you view

even one aspect of those things once your

perspective seems to have “set.”

You may see yourself as shy, damaged,

irresponsible, out of control, easily

influenced, highly addicted to things,

or with low self-esteem coming out of

your childhood or early adult life.

Cognitive Therapy Is A Second Look

Working with a therapist who utilizes

cognitive and cognitive-behavioral therapy

techniques as part of their practice allows

you to begin to change the ways you see

yourself, your past, others, and the world

in the same way that where once all you

saw was a black goblet, now you can see the

white faces or vice-versa.

It creates the ability to notice something new.

What Cognitive Therapy Can Do for You

Cognitive therapy opens your mind,

gives you options and perspectives to

consider and use for making decisions that

you may never have had access to before.

Cognitive therapy can let you see things

about yourself you never thought could

be possible.

Cognitive therapy can allow you to consider

reasons for others’ behavior that you may

never have been able to consider with a

previous worldview.

Cognitive therapy can allow you to break

free from negative or destructive habit

patterns that are based on seeing things

from only one perspective.

Cognitive Therapy’s Effectiveness

Although wise therapists utilize many

different tools for helping their clients,

cognitive and cognitive behavioral therapy

has been well-researched and proven to

be highly effective for a wide range of

issues and is considered one of the

“evidence-based” practices that all

therapists should be familiar with.

For more information about CBT,

take a look at the following resources:

The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Proven Effectiveness

CBT for Depression and Anxiety Disorders

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