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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy used with people who have Borderline Personality Disorder. This therapy emphasizes how important the role that thinking has in how we feel and in what we do. There are several approaches to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) including: Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, and especially Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is used exclusively for patients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

The therapist who uses the Cognitive-Behavioral approach teaches her patient that it isn’t our thinking that makes us feel and behave the way do; instead, the approach is that if we have undesirable feelings and behavior, we must first find the cause of the feelings and behavior. Then, we can replace undesirable thoughts with desirable thoughts that lead to desirable behaviors.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as used in the treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder is based on the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response, the term used to describe the belief that our thoughts control our feelings and behavior. This is in contrast to traditional forms of therapy, which hold to the belief that outside influences, such as people, events, and situations, cause us to feel or behave in a certain way. Believing this way, by changing the way you think, you can still change your behavior, even if your outside circumstances stay the same.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is effective for Borderline Personality Disorder because it is one of the quickest forms of therapy, compared to traditional therapies such as “talk therapy.” Clients of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) usually only need to attend sixteen sessions, whereas traditional therapies can take years to obtain the same results.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) uses a teacher-student setup rather than the traditional therapist-patient relationship, which is another reason why it works so quickly and effectively. It even has homework as part of the therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) uses an approach whereby the counselor focuses on teaching the client self-counseling skills. The therapist believes that when the client learns how to change his/her own thinking, he/she will have more long-term, and better, results.

In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), therapy is more of a collaboration between the client and the therapist. The therapist’s role is to listen, encourage, and teach, while the client’s role is to learn. In this way, the client has more of an active role in his/her own therapy than in more traditional forms of psychotherapy. This may be another reason why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is so effective with people who have Borderline Personality Disorder.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the assumption that since most reactions are learned, they can also be unlearned. Therefore the goal of this therapy is to help clients to replace their old reactions with new ones. This leads to long-term results, because when people who have Borderline Personality Disorder are able to do this, they have a hand in making themselves well, so they will eventually be able to take over their own therapy and will no longer need the therapist to help them.

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