COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY (CBT)
Empowering patients to identify and change negative thoughts, patterns, and behaviors.
WHAT IS CBT?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a mode of therapy that helps adults, adolescents, and children understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Clients develop new ways of approaching how they relate to themselves, others, and the environment by challenging their thoughts, and themselves.
CBT has been found to be very effective for the treatment of a wide variety of mental health issues and disorders including anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, eating problems, and various phobias.
HOW CBT WORKS
CBT is a mode of therapy that helps adults, adolescents, and children understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. With CBT, patients develop new ways of approaching how they relate to themselves, others, and the environment by challenging their thoughts, and themselves. The fundamental principles of CBT include the following:
Cognitive Restructuring: CBT aims to help individuals identify and challenge negative or irrational thoughts and beliefs that contribute to distressing emotions and maladaptive behaviors. By questioning and reframing these thoughts, individuals can develop more balanced and realistic thinking patterns.
Behavioral Techniques: CBT also emphasizes the importance of changing behaviors that may be reinforcing negative thoughts or emotions. Through the use of behavioral techniques such as exposure therapy, behavioral experiments, and activity scheduling, individuals learn to engage in healthier and more adaptive behaviors.
Collaborative and Goal-Oriented Approach: CBT is a collaborative therapy, where the therapist and the individual work together to set specific, achievable goals. The focus is on the present and the future, rather than dwelling extensively on the past.
Skill Building: CBT often involves teaching individuals coping skills to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotional challenges. These skills may include relaxation techniques, problem-solving strategies, and communication skills.
Homework and Practice: In CBT, individuals are often assigned homework or activities to practice the skills learned during therapy sessions. This helps reinforce learning and supports the application of new coping strategies in real-life situations.
IS CBT EFFECTIVE?
CBT has been extensively researched and has shown effectiveness in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including:
Anxiety Disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Sleeping Problems (such as Insomnia)
It is typically a time-limited therapy, often consisting of 12 to 20 sessions, but the duration can vary depending on individual needs and the complexity of the issues being addressed.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sessions typically run 45-60 minutes in length, and are once a week. This is flexible based on your needs. People who seek CBT can expect a very problem-focused and goal-directed type of therapy. I will work with clients to mutually decide the best course of treatment during the first few sessions of therapy.
CBT is most effective when clients combine in-session practice and “homework” outside of session utilizing skills learned during cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT equips clients with tools to tackle issues that come up in your personal life. CBT is like a muscle, the more you practice, the stronger you become.
ARE YOU READY TO START?
The first step to healing is deciding that you are ready to overcome your fears, behavioral challenges, or past traumatic experiences. If you wish to start your journey toward a better understanding of your thoughts and emotions, contact me now, and let's arrange an introductory call to get started.