What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? It is a treatment that has been shown to be effective for a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, material problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. CBT treatment involves efforts in changing thinking patterns which focus on recognizing one’s distortions in thinking, gaining a better understanding of the behavior, problem solving skills, developing a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities. Though historical information is important, CBT emphasizes on what is going on present day in one’s life rather than hat led up to their difficulties. CBT is a more structured series of sessions which focus on building skillset, shifting thought patterns and unhelpful behavioral patterns by using role play, educational materials, practice, worksheets and homework.
- Psychological concerns/problems are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking.
- Problems/concerns are based, in part, on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior.
- Individuals can learn better ways of coping with concerns/problems by relieving symptoms and becoming more effective in their day-to-day lives.
If interested in learning more about CBT and if it’s the right treatment modality for you, please schedule an initial appointment with one of Forward Counseling and Consultations therapist to gather more information, ask questions and determine next steps in implementing CBT into your healing process.