Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.

While we may not be consciously aware of it, our beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world around us can dictate the way we feel—for better and worse—on a daily basis. 

And if you have negative beliefs, you’re probably seeing the world through a distorted lens.

News flash: your reality is not always reality.

That’s why we use a helpful method of therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you fight back against your negative thoughts so you can see the world more clearly.

Research has even proven that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a lasting and effective talk therapy treatment that can help lead to significant changes in every area of your life. 

It can be used in conjunction with other therapies in order to target anxiety, depression, self-esteem problems, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a multitude of other issues that may be negatively affecting your everyday life. 

CBT may be able to help us alleviate the pressures and stresses that plague us everyday by allowing us to gain awareness of our inaccurate or negative thinking, and change our internalized beliefs so that we are able to respond more effectively.

In other words, CBT helps us become more empowered in the way we approach our issues in life. 

In addition to helping with mental health and self-esteem issues, CBT can also improve our relationships, whether romantic, familial, friendship, or collegial.

Improving our self-esteem and confidence, decreasing our anxiety, and helping us view our interactions in a more realistic way, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can enhance the quality of our interpersonal connections, strengthen our conflict resolution skills, and better our ability to thrive both personally and professionally. 

Long story short, the more we can let go of our negative thoughts and begin to approach the world more realistically, the better we can navigate everything that comes our way. 

So often, we don’t even realize we’re navigating the world out of fear.

And when we’re afraid, it distorts our ability to relate to things in an empowered and effective way. 

Through Cognitive behavioral treatment, we face our fears head on and begin to deal with reality in a way that allows us to grow and thrive. 

CBT will help you gain a better understanding of yourself and other people, and develop necessary problem solving skills for difficult situations. 

Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can arise from seeing the world through a lens of distorted beliefs. 

Examples of common thought distortions are “I am worthless” and “I will never get better.” 

These beliefs may become self-fulfilling prophecies if left unchecked, and can lead to a self-reinforcing feedback loop that’s hard to break out of. 

However, CBT will help you break the cycle and help you create the life you want. 


COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING WITH CBT

Effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy actually alters the chemicals in your brain and rewires your neural pathways to have a positively transformative influence on your behavior and thoughts. 

How cool is that?

At its core, CBT alleviates psychological problems that are caused by faulty or negative ways of thinking and unhelpful patterns of behavior. 

This in turn transforms the way you process information about yourself and the world. 

Together we will examine how your irrational thoughts may be causing depression, anxiety, and relationship problems for you, and we will also use cognitive restructuring to challenge and transform these beliefs to help you heal. 


ABOUT OUR CBT TEAM

Every therapist on our CBT team is highly trained and clinically skilled. 

But more importantly, we are open, warm, and authentic. 

We strive to be real, without hiding behind a veil of professionalism. 

Because we are humans too and we can relate to what you’re going through. 

We’ve been through our own struggles and that equips us to help you navigate yours effectively and create deep and lasting healing. 

Our therapists draw from experiential, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapies. 

These techniques are proven by research to be effective.


TRAUMA FOCUSED CBT (TF-CBT)

Trauma-focused therapy is a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that addresses the emotional and mental health necessities of adolescents, children, families, and adult survivors who are trying to regain normalcy from early childhood trauma. 

Trauma can include physical, sexual, mental or emotional abuse, exposure to violence in the home, or losing a loved one. 

When we experience trauma, sometimes we begin to feel like our pain is who we are. 

In the midst of pain and trauma it can be difficult to see the possibility of healing—especially if the trauma caused depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, or an eating disorder. 

However, no matter how unthinkable your trauma is, we’re here to help you discover that your pain does not define you. 

Using TF-CBT and moving at a pace that is comfortable for you, we will create a safe place for you to process your trauma so that it no longer rules your life.

If trauma is left untreated, it can lead to anger, guilt, self-harm, acting out, mental health issues, and feelings of powerlessness. 

PTSD can manifest in behaviors such as emotional numbness, concentration problems, sleep issues, and emotional and physical pain. 

Trying to take on this burden by yourself may seem nearly impossible, but that’s where we come in. 

We’re experienced in trauma and ready to help.


TF-CBT FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS

Trauma-Focused CBT has been proven particularly effective in the treatment of children and adolescents that have experienced trauma. 

This approach uses trauma-sensitive interventions, combined with cognitive-behavioral, family, and humanistic principles to help you heal. 

We teach children and parents techniques to help process thoughts and feelings related to the negative event, and we help you enhance safety skills, increase family communication, and resolve distressing thoughts.


OUR THERAPY METHODS

Therapy can successfully improve your life by helping you identify and change underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and providing you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace.

Our evidence-based, scientifically proven interventions are demonstrated by research to be effective in addressing a wide range of mental health issues.


WANT TO TALK? SPEAK WITH A CBT EXPERT NOW

If you have any questions, contact one of our CBT specialists for a free consultation any time.


RESOURCES

  1. American Psychological Association
  2. Verywell Mind
  3. Mayo Clinic

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