Now that we have covered what I find to be the most effective form of therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, I can start talking about other forms that others in my profession may find just as, if not more, effective.
So as I am sure you could have guessed, cognitive therapy focuses on identifying problem thought processes and dealing with them on the spot. This form of therapy usually does not consist of directly changing your negative behaviors and is usually applied to solve immediate problems or irrational thoughts.
Just like any other counseling techniques or styles, the amount of time that is required to reach successful results with cognitive therapy depends on a number of factors. For the most part, I only like to suggest this form of counseling when thought processes are not necessarily debilitating or requiring immediate results.
The more severe the problem behaviors or thoughts are, the less I like to suggest sticking with just cognitive therapy. Although it can have very fast and very effective results in a shorter amount of time than other forms, this is usually only the case for minor issues.
This also might require a few homework assignments that must be followed through with in order to reach its potential. It is very easy to know whether or not a client is actually being truthful in his regimens and only those who genuinely want to change will follow though.