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CBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) hypothesizes that the emotions we experience
and how we behave are determined by the way we think and perceive situations. If
our  perception  of  a  situation  is  negative, this  will result in negative emotions and
negative  behaviors,  which  can  lead  to  emotional  distress, and  even  emotional
disorders. By challenging our negative thoughts and beliefs, it is possible to reduce
this emotional distress. Much of the CBT treatment is based on working in the 'here
and now', and it aims at helping you bring about desired changes in your life through
learning new ways of behaving and problem solving.

CBT  emphasizes  the  collaborative  basis of the client/therapist relationship, which
means that  you  and  your  therapist  work  together  to  plan  strategies to deal with
problems  and  achieve  explicitly  agreed therapeutic  goals  within  a  time-limited
framework. All aspects of the therapy are made explicit to you and there is often an
educational dimension  to  the  work, so  that  you  are  kept  informed as to how the
therapy works.



HUMANISTIC THERAPY
Humanistic or Person-Centered Therapy focuses on recognizing human capabilities
in areas such as creativity, personal growth and choice. The approach suggests that
we  each  have  within  us  the  resources  to  grow  and  develop, a process, which is
called self-actualization. The therapist works to help you realize your own resources,
strengths  and   self-understanding   by   offering   a  non-judgmental,  understanding
perspective  on whatever  thoughts and feelings you bring.  There is an emphasis on
our internal  perceptual  and  emotional world as the source of understanding for our
thoughts, feelings and actions.).