Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment modality that focuses on the relationship between feelings, thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. Sometimes you can get caught in distorted cycles of thinking or patterns of thinking that result in emotional disturbance and inability to tolerate distress. An underlying principle of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is that our thoughts strongly impact our feelings and behaviors. You may be having negative, distorted thoughts and have little awareness regarding those thoughts contributing to your anxious or depressed mood.

Therefore, a goal of CBT can be to assist individuals learn that while they can’t control all aspects of their environment, they are able to gain control over how they view and interpret their life circumstances. The therapist’s role is to help the client identify and practice effective ways to decrease and manage symptoms using the CBT techniques. Between sessions, I will encourage you to practice confronting these negative thoughts to help you master your skills. You may also be invited to journal, practice mindfulness or relaxation. One of the benefits of CBT is that you can come away with a practical tool to use on a daily basis.

CBT often achieves results in a relatively brief period of time. It can be highly effective for treating generalized anxiety disorder, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. CBT can be useful when medication alone hasn’t helped and can even be as effective as medication for certain disorders like anxiety and insomnia.

Your first step is to call us at 715-832-4060 and schedule an appointment.