Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a scientifically tested form of psychotherapy that is effective for many different disorders and problems.
An article written by the Music Manager Forum's own Fiona McGugan appeared in The Guardian and brilliantly highlights, there is no question that the music industry has changed exponentially in the last 10-15 years, indeed the whole model has shifted and with that, comes significant pressure to become even more competitive, maintain motivation, think endlessly on your feet and open new opportunities in this new paradigm. Unquestionably, this places immense stress on us as managers, as we invariably also catch much of the anxiety of our clients and teams, not to mention the other partners we work with on a daily basis. It's no surprise then, that from time to time, we feel completely overwhelmed. The stigma of mental health remains the biggest barrier to getting help, especially for those of us who feel that everyone is depending on us. This very belief makes us most vulnerable and least able to support those we are engaged to look after.
Anxiety manifests in many, sometimes surprising, ways and our strategies for managing them, can often lead to unhelpful and self destructive behaviours. It's ok to not feel 'ok', in fact it's 'normal' ; it's our bodies natural way of telling us, we need to pay attention and take some action. Speaking to a professional is a smart way to start, as it provides a safe, neutral space to talk about what you're experiencing and then get support in learning to manage those feelings better in more helpful ways. In contrast to many forms of psychotherapy, CBT is a solution-focused approach to treatment, oriented toward solving problems and learning skills. The goal of CBT is to help people get better and stay better, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in thousands of clinical trials.
Developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Cognitive Therapy (CT), or Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), was developed in the 1960’s and has been extensively researched.
In CBT, the therapist and the client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. Therapists help clients overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses. CBT has been found to be effective in more than 1,000 outcome studies for a myriad of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse, among others, and for personality disorders. It has also been demonstrated to be effective as an adjunctive treatment to medication for serious mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. CBT has been adapted and studied for adolescents and children, couples, and families. Its efficacy has also been established in the treatment of many medical disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, fibromyalgia, post-myocardial infarction depression, non-cardiac chest pain, cancer, diabetes, migraine, and other chronic pain disorders. (Beck Institute Website)