19 Apr Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Changing Feelings by Changing Thoughts
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in Fort Lauderdale
Imagine feeling stronger, happier and more satisfied in life. Nowadays, there are many strategies to help us create a life worth living–stuff that’s actually been studied by real life scientists! Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach that has been proven time and time again to make a real difference for the people that participate in it.
What is CBT?
The basic premise of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is that distorted thinking is what leads to stress and undesirable behaviors. It is not situations themselves that cause us to feel a certain way. Rather, it is our interpretation of these events that lead to our feelings. Our actions stem from our core beliefs about ourselves, the world around us, and our expectations of the future.
CBT has been shown to be as effective as antidepressant medications for individuals struggling with depression and may be even more effective than medication in relapse prevention. CBT can help people become aware of their negative thought patterns, learn coping skills to combat symptoms and experience life in a more rewarding manner.
What to Expect in CBT
- Schedule an initial session to evaluate goals and needs
- I will give you first impressions and an outline of an action plan
- Increase awareness of thought patterns that happen automatically
- Learn the most common types of distorted thoughts
- Catch problematic, distorted thoughts
- Develop skills to challenge and reframe ineffective thought patterns
- Increase insight into origins of these thoughts and what they mean about you
- Practice strategies learned in our meetings with structured homework assignments
When to Call a Psychologist
Your friends and family would say you’re doing great, in fact you’re usually the one helping everyone else with life’s problems. But secretly, you want more. To be healthier. You don’t quite have the ever elusive work/life balance down pat, or the relationship you dreamed of. Your mood is sometimes up and down and stress is more common than not.
It can feel uneasy to reach out to a psychologist especially when, generally speaking, your life is pretty good. But I’m glad you’re reading this. CBT can help you improve the quality of your life. You don’t have to be struggling with a major psychiatric condition to call me. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can also serve as preventative medicine. You deserve to take time for yourself and lean the skills to live your best life.
Dr. Jamie Long is an expert in CBT. Call today for a free phone consultation and learn how CBT can help you. 954-488-2933 x1
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