Sensations. Memories. Associations. Moods. Cognitive Abilities. Social pressures. An almost infinite list of influences. Every psychotherapeutic approach must accept the fact that the individual weaves all of these factors and influences into a web that he or she calls ‘reality’. That ‘reality becomes a trap, a jail cell, a place where the individual acts and reacts. Any chance for change only emerges from alterations in how this ‘reality’ is woven together. The good news is that a dramatic change is not needed for amazing results. A thought here; a new relationship there.
That is the hope offered by cognitive therapy.