Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, problem-focused form of psychotherapy that helps individuals see the difference between thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and feelings and to work to help the individual free themselves from unhelpful patterns of behavior in order to create more peace and contentment in their life.
CBT is grounded in the belief that it is a person’s attitude, beliefs, and their perception of events – and not necessarily the events themselves – that determine how he or she will feel and act in response.
CBT can help with:
- Social anxiety
- Test / performance anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance abuse and dependency
- Chronic pain
- Disordered and compulsive eating
- Sexual issues
- Anger management issues
Most people with clearly defined behavioral and emotional concerns tend to benefit from a CBT approach. If any of the above issues resonate with you, I encourage you to try CBT.
With CBT, you’ll be able to adjust the thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes about yourself, others, stressors in your life, and the world around you that directly influence your emotions and behavior. This adjustment process is referred to as cognitive reconstructing, which happens through different CBT technique
Some CBT techniques are:
- Challenging faulty assumptions and distorted beliefs
- Relaxation techniques
- Practicing present-moment awareness by practicing mindfulness
- Social, behavioral, and cognitive restructuring exercises
CBT is much more than sitting and talking about whatever comes to mind during a session. Sessions are structured to ensure that the therapist and the client are focused on the different goals of each session, which in turn ensures that each and every session is productive.
If you or someone you know would benefit from CBT, please contact me today. I would be happy to speak with you about how I may be able to help.