What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is therapy that focuses on solving current problems by modifying inaccurate and/or unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviors
Treatment involves helping the client understand how their specific beliefs, patterns of thinking, and patterns of behavior impact their mental well-being. The goal is to assist the client in modifying their thinking and belief system to bring about lasting emotional and behavioral change.
A thought pattern is a cycle that takes place when thoughts go through our minds. When a situation happens, automatic thought pop into our minds. That automatic thought generates a feeling. Generally we forget the thought but the feeling lingers. That feeling then triggers our core beliefs. These core beliefs are what drives how we think about ourselves and how we behave. The behaviors that result have consequences that usually end up starting the cycle all over again.
Thought patterns are modified by first determining if they are helpful/unhelpful, constructive/destructive. Those thoughts that are unhelpful or destructive are then examined to determine what kind of errors exist in the thinking and evidence is gathered to support or deny the thought. By taking a closer look at how they think, clients can begin to catch themselves mid-cycle and change the outcome.
What problems are helped by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
- Substance Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Compulsive Overeating
How Do I Start Treatment?
Meeting with a clinician one-on-one for a first visit is the first step in addressing your symptoms. Based on this assessment, your therapist can help you decide on the best approach to begin to work on your symptoms. Starting treatment is a big step, and we’re here to help. Our clinicians are here to answer any questions you may have, and to help you through the process of getting started. To request information or to get started with a counselor, fill out our contact us form and we will be in touch.