Ok, so what's this CBT Therapy that everyone is talking about? Well, in a nutshell, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based well-recognized type of therapy that connects your feelings, thoughts and behaviors. CBT is based on the understanding that what we think and the way we interpret situations greatly influence our behaviors and emotional responses.
The general premise is that when you have either negative or distorted thoughts can lead to increasing your psychological distress and unhealthy behaviors. As you identify (and ideally challenge) these negative thoughts, you will start to develop thinking patters which are more positive and more realistic. In turn, this will then lead to improved emotional well-being and healthier behaviors. CBT has three main goals:
CBT is a structured and time-limited therapy, which means that it can range from a few short weeks to several months. If we use CBT in therapy then I'll be guiding you through the process of identifying and modifying your negative thought patterns. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be used for a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression and phobias. With CBT I'll be giving you homework, which helps you practice between sessions and reinforces what you've been learning. This in turn leads you to long-term change in the ways you think and behave.