What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented form of talk therapy that is more structured and shorter in duration than many other therapies. CBT focuses on a problem you are currently facing and how your thoughts about the problem effect your behavior and emotions. Together we develop strategies for coping with self-defeating thoughts and beliefs and find healthier, more adaptive alternatives.
How does CBT work?
While CBT is tailored to each client’s unique needs, the steps taken are similar for everyone:
- Decide on the problem to be addressed, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, phobias or an eating disorder.
- Identify thoughts, feelings and beliefs related to the problem. These may be uncovered through reflection, discussion with the therapist or keeping a journal.
- Determine which of these thoughts and beliefs are distorted, inaccurate or unrealistic.
- Learn to recognize these misperceptions and counter them with thoughts and beliefs based on facts.
CBT may include homework to be completed while therapy is ongoing. The skills learned are then incorporated into your daily practice, allowing you to continue working to improve your quality of life.
Learn more about CBT
CBT is just one of many forms of therapy we can draw on to create a treatment plan suited to your unique needs.