Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

By Psychologist and Counselor Shivani Misri Sadhoo

CBT Counseling

Marriage Counselor Shivani Misri Sadhoo says Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also known as CBT, focuses on issues that a couple is facing presently. CBT does not get lost in the past but looks to focus on the present with an aim of building a better future. The past could be discussed or referenced, but only as much as it is required to understand the present. It is not dwelled upon. This method will see the counselor taking an active role to impart positive ways to relate to your partner during sessions as a trial run for using those methods outside of therapy.

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How Effective is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Counselor Shivani says that CBT is a short-term therapy based on several hours of research findings. Studies indicate CBT is 50 to 75% effective. Couples who come for the therapy are very worried about the future of their relationship and they want specific strategies and tools, CBT provides them that kind of therapeutic approach. It is a valuable resource that can assist a couple to get past the patchy spots they are struggling with.

What CBT Does To Help A Relationship

Counselor Shivani says there are several ways where CBT can be beneficial for your relationship issues. Here are some of them.

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Works?

Counselor Shivani Misri Sadhoo says everyone has stories or narratives in their head. CBT assists to identify those stories and assists you to create new ones. For instance, you probably think your spouse is angry with you. Then you form a whole story around that assumption and as a result act as if they are angry with you. In reality, what is occurring is that they are just tired and had a rough day at work. This is where learning communication skills can assist reduce friction and help bring a couple together; for instance, learning to keep communication short and simple and focused as well as spending as much time listening as you do while talking.

CBT lets couples how to approach each other so as to reduce a defensive response so that differences of opinion become healthy discussions, not arguments.

CBT lets couples how to get a negative message across without their partner feeling blamed. It shows couples how to recognize and deal with hard feelings such as anger, rejection, and sadness. It is well constructed to support a couple gets past resentment of past or history, The practicing of CBT forms a close relationship, one marked by a warm friendship that is caring and respectful of each partner.

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