COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY?
Change Your Thoughts
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that our thoughts impact the way that we feel and behave. In other words, our perspective can often determine our mood. We end up stuck in the same negative thought loops. It is then easy for this cycle to impact our brain and heart. CBT looks to unearth the thoughts themselves, rather than only the emotional pain that one might be experiencing.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT CBT
CBT is solution oriented. It’s a ‘roll up your sleeves’ approach that often utilizes techniques to understand the inner voice. It’s like taking a magnifying glass to your thoughts.
WHAT CBT LOOKS LIKE
Most types of therapy can be called ‘talk therapy’. This is a conversational approach where the therapists is an active listener, asks questions, offers insight, and creates a space for the client to express themselves. It is a relatively open approach.
CBT has more structure than traditional talk therapy. The therapist often guides the client through activities and assignments to actively address the thoughts behind the behavior. This will likely involve questionnaires, worksheets, experiential activities, and homework assignments.
These tools enable conversations about the functions of thoughts and emotions, and how It is working with the here and now. By understanding our uneasiness, stress, anxiety, or depression, we seek to understand the source. What are the thoughts or beliefs that we accept in that moment? That we aren’t good enough? That everyone will judge us? That it will never work out anyways?
Once the primary thoughts are identified… the therapist and client work to crush the negative thought and replace it with a more compassionate and self-accepting view. This change in thought can make all the difference.
WHO IS CBT FOR?
CBT is effective with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, substance abuse & addiction, procrastination, relationships, anger, and a host of other issues.
CBT IS MOST EFFECTIVE IF YOU:
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