CBT Therapy can help you learn to recognize negative thought patterns, evaluate their validity and replace them with healthier ways of thinking.
CBT Therapy is the ‘gold standard’ for treating issues such as anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, depression, addiction, but not everyone who benefits from CBT therapy has to meet the above criteria.
The goal of CBT Therapy is to help you get better and stay better
CBT Therapy can help anyone to better handle stressful life circumstances. CBT Therapy can also be utilized on its own, or in combination with other therapies.
CBT is typically a short-term approach which means you won’t have to wait weeks or months to start seeing real results, many times you can see results in just a few sessions, and overcome anxiety or depression in as little as 8-12 sessions!
Your mood is directly related to your patterns of thought. As such, negative or dysfunctional thinking directly affects your mood … as well as your behavior, sense of self and physical condition. This is what CBT Therapy addresses head-on
Our therapists will help you examine the way your thoughts influence your feelings and behaviors and give you practical tools to help shift your perspective and learn how to better manage stressful life situations. CBT is a structured approach to therapy. There is a clear format to each session and progress is often measured using empirically-validated psychological measurements.
Your therapist will facilitate engaging activities during your sessions and equip you with worksheets and resources. You’ll also receive “homework” to complete in between sessions.
-Having negative thoughts often
-Having anxious thoughts often
-Struggling with anxiety (general, social, phobias, and/or panic attacks)
-Struggling with depression
-Have had traumatic experiences
-Struggling with addictions
-Sleeping too much or too little
-Experiencing a stressful life circumstance or transition
-Wanting better coping skills to deal with life stressors in general
You will be encouraged to talk about your experience(s) in terms of your feelings, thoughts, and what is specifically troubling you. Your therapist will handle this first step with compassion and understanding, so no need to feel intimidated.
CBT focuses on specific problems, using a goal-oriented approach. As you go through this process, you’ll be encouraged to complete homework and practice what you discussed in session in your everyday life.
Some practical techniques you may practice or discuss with your therapist may be topics such as
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic treatment method that helps people to identify and change unhelpful thought patterns that have a negative impact on emotions and behavior.
CBT helps people experiencing depression, anxiety, OCD, phobias, and anyone who wants to change negative beliefs or critical self talk. Anyone can receive the benefits of CBT because it provides practical tools that foster greater awareness of your internal state.
CBT therapy follows a predictable, structured format. You will have homework in between sessions where you may be asked to fill out worksheets or keep a diary log of your thought patterns. You can expect to see results gradually, and will be able to take the skills with you even after finishing your therapy treatment.
In your first session, your therapist will gather information about your childhood, relationships, education, career, and current living situation. This will help the therapist get a better understanding of how your thoughts and behaviors are impacting different areas of your life. For CBT to be effective, you must have a willingness to change. You can best prepare through coming to therapy with a list of goals in mind.
Some techniques used in CBT include identifying negative thoughts, practicing new skills, goal-setting, problem-solving, and self-monitoring (worksheets or keeping a diary log).