Treatment Options

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a focused, problem-solving psychotherapy. Over 375 outcome studies show that it is highly effective in treating many mental health problems such as:

  • Depression

  • General Anxiety

  • Panic

  • Anger

  • Marital Distress

Studies also show cognitive therapy to be an effective means for treating physical conditions such as:

  • Chronic Pain

  • Hypertension

  • Fibromyalgia

Cognitive therapy works because our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are tightly related and feed into one another. For instance, if you hear bad news in the morning, you naturally develop a range of negative thoughts and feelings that affect your behavior in the short run. This process is normal, however; for some individuals, negative thoughts, unpleasant emotions, and destructive behaviors continue to spin out of control. In this case, CBT can be beneficial, needed, and justified. Further, in some cases, you may be having a wonderful day, yet unpleasant emotions surface, and a run of negative thoughts and destructive behaviors take over and paralyze you. Again, CBT can help you to take control and be in charge of the triangular relationship of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

CBT is an effective intervention that addresses a range of disorders. Below is a list of these disorders along with the distorted beliefs, emotions, and destructive behaviors that accompany them:

Disorder
Belief
Emotion
Behavior
Addiction
Nobody loves or cares about me
Angry
Seek comfort through continued substance use
Stress/Trauma
I'm incompetent & the world is unsafe
Numb
Avoid similar events, overreact to events
Depression
I'm a burden on others & I'm worthless
Sad
Isolate & disengage
Social Anxiety
Someone will make fun of me
Anxiety
Avoid people and groups, dread contact
Anxiety
Something bad will happen
Worried
Constantly check for bad news and prepare to deal with it