5 Myths About CBT Even Trained Psychologists Fall For.

I have had several workshops on CBT. With interactions, I can say that as much as the participant know about the importance of CBT. There are a lot of myths that are encircling CBT. I am not covering all of them in the following article. Five big Myths that I see very prevalent and needs to be addressed.
MYTH 1 – Only specialists can deliver CBT.
Of course, the development of CBT was initially made for depression. It focused very much on clinical aspects of psychotherapy. It was also developed as a face-to-face conversation between the client and therapist. It had a requirement of special skills and training which it still has. Now CBT has become much more flexible. There is no waiting, to approach the therapist. Access to Cognitive Behavior Therapy for minor developmental distress is easy. It is now available on your apps, available with books, CDs, and materials that we can look forward to. The lowest intensity of intervention that is needed for the person can be created. It can be delivered through CBT. Which is known as “stepped care” model. There has been evidence that it can be helpful in four different levels when it is applied.

Level ONE

Materials of self-help.
Examples of computer programs, internet resources, books DVDs. These can be directly accessed or introduced by professionals. With a few CBT skills or training, they can be used. This can be also said as guided self-help
Level TWO
CBT approaches specific intervention levels for problem areas. For example activity scheduling for depression. Graded exposure to phobia anxiety management. Training professionals delivering these techniques should receive appropriate clinical supervision.


Formal CBT. CBT with the formulation and solid client therapy. Therapeutic relationship, working initially at the level of automatic thoughts. Then helpful in maintaining behaviors.
Level FOUR
Psychotherapy for more complex cases. Perhaps interventions at the level of core beliefs. More schema work and drawing on the skills of knowing. Using a particular intervention or meta competency.

                Imagine a car parking building. The building allows individuals access points at multiple levels and multiple entries bracket. The first step care model aims to make the best use of skills and resources at every level. As with a multi-story car parking lower levels are used first and foremost by most clients. Only a few will need the expanded more energy required to the upper floors. Rules and beliefs to find an emotional parking place. Regardless of their level of difficulties. The aim of CBT is for all individuals to drive out into their daily lives through the exit near the bottom. That is the change through thoughts and actions. That means lower intensity interventions can be very effective and sufficient for a lot of people. whereas some will require inputs at a higher level.

Myth 2 – CBT is positive thinking.
There are a lot of techniques that CBT uses and but it does not encourage people simply to think positively. Or expect clients to imagine “the light at the end of the tunnel”. CBT is many times misinterpret and described as something like an instruction to change. Change the faulty thinking or just get your sh*t together or even just get out of mind and just do it. Or the cliche “it is just in mind”. Rather CBT is more of teaching the skills to replace unhealthy, negative, and threatening beliefs. Restructuring them with one that is balanced realistic and much more helpful in nature.


Myth 3 – CBT is preferable to medication all the time.
There are a lot of disorders and a lot of distress that CBT has a treatment for. Evidence of many disorders is that CBT can be helpful. But definitely CBT is not a panacea to manage everything under the sun. Even though CBT is more like teaching man fishing. So that he can manage is his own thoughts emotions in a different way. Several times it may not be technically possible for the person. Medication is definitely an evidence-based alternative for many health mental health problems. They may be used alone or in combination along with CBT. There has been immense rich research in the field of medication. Where there have been changes that can be seen by taking tablets or treatment to make the brain work better. Antidepressant paroxetine used instead of undergoing CBT produces different changes*. But in exactly the same areas of the brain. Where there are many ways that you can reach Roam. So as there are many approaches to the mind. CBT and medication are complementary and not exclusive.
Myth 4 – CBT focuses only on techniques but completely forgets the person.
This is a very common myth that we hear around CBT. The therapist is very stern and he or she was more focusing on the technique. The usage of the technique rather than the person. Definitely, CBT is not just where you make the individual write down thoughts. Or let him understand what is rational or unhelpful thoughts are. This danger that many new therapists will rely on technique but forget a person is true. But this is overcome by having a very good therapeutic relationship. The art is in mass customizing or individualizing CBT. So that it can be used for every person differently. This process can be compared to like a surgical operation. The reason why a therapeutic relationship is very important in this process. Also, it ensures that the specific techniques are applied in the context. Similar to how in surgical procedures anesthesia is allows the surgical procedure to be performed. similarly, a context or therapeutic relationship is very important for CBT procedures. This is where the surgical skill is needed to adapt standard CBT techniques. The uniqueness of that individual is addressed rather than using a “one size fits all” approach.


Myth 5 – CBT does not deal with feelings and does not care about the cause of the problems.
Guilt, depression, anger, or fear are often the central target. In work using Cognitive Behavior Therapy Emotions may not give access. They are the measurement and target. The client examines the hot thought and external trigger. These are attached to these feelings. Stories with high emotional content are used to heighten the impact of important messages. So saying emotions and feelings are not dealt would be very incorrect. Emotions are central to therapy.

Of course, sometimes we need to know what is the source of the problem. The cause of the problem. where the problem started. But endlessly searching the cause of the problem is not going to help us with solving the problem. Knowing the car has stopped because of no fuel does not mean the car will start. In a similar way endlessly searching for an explanation of emotional distress can be very unhelpful sometimes. The formulation in CBT allows the client to understand the possible causes of their difficulties. It can be right now that he’s experiencing issues in money or relationship. He had been experiencing in the past with some amount of different events in his life. But CBT definitely focuses on solving the problem here and now. Avoids into getting in too much depth of digging the skeletons.


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