Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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          Distorted Belief Emotion Behavior
Common Anxiety Something bad will happen. Worried Constantly  check for bad news and prepare to deal with them
Social Anxiety They will make fun of me. Anxious Avoid people and groups, dread contact
Depression I’m a burden on others and worthless. Sad Isolate, disengage
Stress/Trauma I’m incompetent and the world is unsafe. Numb Avoid similar events, over react to events
Drug Addiction        No one loves or cares about me. Angry Seek safety through continued drug use

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