Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) examines the relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

The basic premise of CBT is that our thoughts affect how we feel, and how we feel affects our thought patterns—there is an inextricable relationship between the two. We all have core beliefs about ourselves, and for those with high self-esteem, this can be a source of great strength and resilience. But negative self-talk (and therefore, low self-esteem) is, unfortunately, very common.

Life experiences influence self-talk. For example, if you grew up without one or both parents, you may fear abandonment, even if your partner is completely devoted to you. If you lost your job, you may tell yourself it’s because you weren’t smart or talented enough. You may think that you are not good enough or that you don’t deserve certain things. Negative self-talk can have a profound effect on your happiness, interactions and interpersonal relationships.

Effects of CBT

CBT helps you to become more aware of these negative thoughts and shift your self-talk so that it becomes more positive. In CBT sessions, we’ll also work on identifying what your core beliefs about yourself really are and when necessary, adjusting those core beliefs to be more realistic and more positive. You’ll learn to recognize when you start engaging in negative self-talk, and how to be more logical and balanced when these negative or distorted thoughts creep in.

CBT is very results-oriented, and works well for people who are high-functioning, logical thinkers. You can use the skills you learn in therapy immediately to help you in the next stressful situation.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven to be highly effective in treating:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Negative self-talk
  • Panic attacks

Schedule an Appointment

If you’re ready to get started or would like a 15 minute phone consultation to get to know our providers, you may schedule an appointment through our secure Client Portal or contact our office at 720-577-5819.