How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works
I understand most human behavior as stemming from our core beliefs about our selves, world, and expectation of the future. Our perceptions and the way we interpret events in our lives greatly impact the way we think, feel and act.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a scientifically proven treatment modality for symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, sleep conditions, and more. 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 works under the assumption that situations alone do not necessarily cause stress. However, it is our evaluation of an event or situation that may result in distressing emotions. 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.
“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
— Shakespeare (Hamlet)
What you can expect from CBT:
- Learn to solve real-life problems
- Receive support and understanding
- Identify and challenge distorted thinking
- Increase more realistic and positive thinking
- Learn coping skills to stop problematic behaviors
- Decrease distressing emotions
- Homework assignments and takeaway skills to manage stress
- Improve relationships