About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Enjoy the benefits of CBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach for treating individuals with a variety of presenting problems.
It is based on these premises:
- The manner in which we think affects the way we feel.
- The manner in which we behave affects the way we feel.
- By changing the manner in which we think and/or behave, we can greatly improve how we feel.
CBT is a collaborative process that begins with identifying specific goals and working to achieve those goals in a manner that is sustainable. The therapy process will first teach you how to identify thoughts and/or behaviors that are unhelpful to you, and then help you to change those thoughts/behaviors in a meaningful way. CBT is transparent and straightforward. In CBT, you learn skills that you can apply for your lifetime.
Many people who seek CBT are simply looking to improve their sense of well–being by decreasing daily stress, anxiety, or mild depression. Others are looking to solve more difficult problems such as severe anxiety or phobias, trauma, or relationship distress. The common thread of CBT across these diverse problems is the identification of unhelpful thoughts and behaviors. Once we identify the specific thought content or behavioral actions that are maintaining distress, we work to change these thoughts/behaviors. Over time, these in-the-moment adjustments will become your natural, or automatic, way of thinking or behaving. It is through this process that lasting change occurs.