Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a problem-focused treatment that helps people to improve their mood by modifying thoughts and behaviors.

CBT is grounded in the belief that it is a person’s perception of events – rather than the events themselves – that determines how he or she will feel and act in response.

CBT can help with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance dependency
  • Persistent pain
  • Disordered eating
  • Chronic Illness
  • Anger management issues

Most people with clearly defined behavioral and emotional concerns tend to reap the benefits of CBT. If any of the above issues resonate with you, I encourage you to try cognitive behavioral therapy.

With CBT, you’ll be able to adjust the thoughts that directly influence your emotions and behavior. This adjustment process is referred to as cognitive reconstructing.

Some CBT techniques are:

  • Identifying unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Challenging beliefs
  • Behavioral Activation
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication Skills
  • Relaxation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an active, goal-oriented treatment. During each session a new skill is introduced, then the client has an opportunity to practice the skills outside of session on their own. Some skills may require more practice than others. The client and clinician work together to determine the pace of treatment. CBT is short-term and has strong research support for long-term positive outcomes for a number of emotional issues.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to me and I am happy to discuss cognitive-behavioral therapy in more detail.