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Depression treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in Hamburg, Germany

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A common type of treatment for depression is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Read more about how CBT helps people suffering from depression to improve their relationships, manage stress and increase positive thinking: 

CBT is a type of talk therapy

Studies show that CBT helps persons suffering from depression to sleep better, feel more energetic and socialise more. CBT focuses on improving thoughts and feelings (e.g. changing limiting or negative beliefs or thinking patterns) and therefore encouraging behaviors which will lead to feeling generally better. CBT is a hands-on approach that requires both the therapist and the client to be invested in the process. 

 

How does CBT work?

Being one of the most frequently used tools for treating depression, CBT will enable patients to identify unhelpful thoughts, patterns and behavior, and alter these to more effectively work towards their goals. CBT is based on simple principles, but shows very positive outcomes when put into practice. The techniques of CBT are applied to inaccurate thoughts that reinforce negative thought patterns and emotions. Examples for inaccurate thoughts are: Ignoring all of the positive and good things in life to focus solely on the negative, black-and-white thinking, taking a single incident and using it as the sole piece of evidence for a broad conclusion, catastrophizing, extreme concern about fairness, blaming or always being right.

 

"Homework"

The way you will get better is by making small changes in your thinking and behavior every day. This is why CBT encourages homework, as most of the work in getting better happens between the sessions. This homework can consist of questions that patients should ask themselves or undesired behavior that they should first observe and then document. The homework is part of the treatment and is introduced to practice and apply the skills taught in therapy to real life situations. CBT is collaborative, which means that your therapist will not tell you what to do, but instead work with you to find solutions to your current difficulties. 

 

How long does CBT take?

CBT is pragmatic, highly structured and focuses on current problems. The length of a CBT treatment can be between 4 and 20 individual sessions, depending on the severity of the disease.

 

Would you like to give it a try?

I'm Natalie Marby, an English speaking therapist in Hamburg, Germany. I offer psychotherapy in English, especially for expats living in Hamburg. If you are suffering from depression and would like to try CBT, then you can contact me by email or by phone (+0049 40 46090233). Here you will find more information about me, my fees and my office location.

 

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