The Difference Between Cognitive And Behavioral Therapy

Group therapy in session sitting in a circle with therapistSince there is significant overlap between cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy, it is most often combined as cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT). When it is approached separately there are some notable difference.

Cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy focus on different aspects of underlying behavior, which dictates the therapist’s approach. Cognitive therapy is rooted in thought processes and perception of situations. Essentially, negative thought processes (some of which may be automatic) are what is influencing negative feelings. The goal of cognitive therapy is to actively change negative thought processes and possibly alter feelings of depression and/or anxiety.

Behavioral therapy focus on how behaviors are mediated by rewards, even unconsciously. Although some behaviors do not seem rewarding, they are rewarded by avoidance of an adverse feeling, such as anxiety, fear, or panic. Desensitization therapy is a common approach in behavioral therapy. The goal is small doses of exposure to an anxiety-provoking stimulus will slowly decrease the fear response. Desensitization is used for mental health conditions involving fear, panic, and traumatic experiences.

Since cognition and behavior are often deeply intertwined, many therapists approach both simultaneously. Often there is a feedback system between thought and behavior. For example, negative thinking, such as believing one is unacceptable, will affect behavior. A person who is insecure or believes no one will accept them will alter their behavior to actively avoid people and social situations. The behavior of active avoidance “rewards” the person by reducing anxiety and the possibility of rejection.

The therapist’s goal from a cognitive standpoint is to help the patient realize their negativistic thinking and find ways of changing their thought processes. The patient may be instructed to replace negative internal dialogue with affirmations. From a behavioral standpoint, they may be encouraged to enjoy a social function they would otherwise avoid.

Advice For Finding a Speech and Language Therapist in New York City

Anyone that is hoping to find a good speech and language therapist will know it is not going to be easy. You have to take the time to figure out who is good and have  great careers who is going to do a great job for your case. Each person is different, so you will have to take this into account as you are focusing in on one option.

speechLet’s take a glance at a few tips that a person has to consider before going to a particular therapist. If you are not doing this, you are not doing enough at all.

1) Online

For most people, this is where you are going to head when it comes to a therapist. You are going to choose an online option, and that’s where you should be heading.

Look through all of the therapists and contacts those who fit the bill.

2) Speak With Doctor

You can never go wrong with a doctor as they will know what your case details are all about and that is going to help the person they send you to.

It will take a lot of the risk that comes with who you are choosing.

3) Government Site

This is a good place to start for those who are looking to eradicate all of the guesswork involved and just figure out who is worth contacting. The government sets up their connections, and those are a good place to go for those who are looking to find a good therapist that will work for them.

It is this advice that is going to help a lot when it comes to the therapist you go with. Why not go through all of these options to find the best therapist in town? It will save time for you.

Simple Tips To Help Lower Cholesterol

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Are you looking for simple ways to lower your cholesterol? You’ve come to the right place if you are. Here are a few tips for lowering cholesterol.

1. Exercise- One of the best things you can do is exercise. Train with weights and do bursts of training because this can boost your body’s human growth hormone production. As a result, your HDL cholesterol will improve and your LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, will be lowered. You don’t have to exercise for hours on end, but you should try to exercise at least 3-5 days per week for around a half-hour per session. You can also try supplements from some companies like Mironova Labs.

2. Essential Oils- Not many people know this, but there are a number of essential oils that can help lower cholesterol. You can use lavender oil, which can help you reduce emotional stress, and that leads to lower cholesterol levels. Cypress oil is good too because it can help with circulation. Rosemary oil features anti-oxidant properties, which is why it’s good at reducing cholesterol.

3. Avoid Certain Foods- You want to avoid certain foods, such as anything with refined carbohydrates and sugar. Also, stay away from alcohol because it can stimulate your liver to make more cholesterol. having a glass of red wine per day should be fine, but if you consume more than that, then your cholesterol levels may increase. Try not to consumer more than 1-2 cups of tea or coffee per day because too much caffeine has been known to increase cholesterol levels, and do your best to avoid anything with trans fats in it because trans fats can increase cholesterol levels too.

Everyone knows high cholesterol levels is not good for your health. That’s why you should do what you can to lower cholesterol. The above tips can help, so give them a try today.

It’s Useful To Know Three Breathing Exercises To Relieve Stress

Depositphotos_73271191_s-2015Stressful circumstances often stimulate a fight or flight response in people.

“Stress releases the hormone cortisol into our blood stream which raises heart beat, increases breathing and puts a tremendous amount of stress on our veins,” says Dr. Halland an owner of a vein clinic in NYC.

Unfortunately, long term stress can cause a myriad of health issues, so the best thing you can do when feeling stress is to keep breathing.

The first of the three breathing exercises you can use to relieve stress is simply to alternate your breathing through your nose and mouth. Basically, all that you do here is to inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. Inhaling through the nose brings in deeper oxygen to calm down your heart and pulse, and exhaling through the mouth lets you expel more carbon dioxide from the lungs. Feeling like you are ‘sighing’ in each exhale is also partially relaxing.

A second breathing exercise is to also be mindful of your breathing consciously, but do it all through your nose while counting. Inhaling through the nostrils while mentally counting from one to four, and then exhaling again through the nostrils while counting one to four again is how you do this one. You’ll likely find it’s impossible to get all the way to four on your first inhale, and it will likely take a few exhales to get to four on those. That’s okay. The point of this one is to slow down your breathing over a few minutes. When you slow down your breathing, you slow down your pulse and lower your blood pressure.

The third breathing exercise comes from yoga and is rather similar. It’s also in and out through the nose, but does not involve counting. Instead, just imagine that you are at the beach. Your inhales and exhales should sound like ocean waves crashing in and rolling out. This is called ‘victorious’ breathing.

Any of these three breathing exercises can help you relieve just enough stress to continue your day. Here’s a video that can offer you further insight on how to calm your stress and anxiety through breathing.

Learn More About EFT

Are you living with chronic pain? An curable disease? Are you interested in acupuncture but are terrified of needles? Then Emotional Freedom Techniques might be the right choice for you. Take a look at this video and learn how it might be able to help you!