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How We Treat

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on helping people understand how thoughts–even ones that are inaccurate or misguided–interact with behavior.

This form of therapy deals with present-day challenges rather than delving into past history or childhood experiences. It is a structured approach that identifies specific goals and proposes techniques to help clients meet those goals in a short time frame. Take-home assignments are a key feature of CBT and give clients an opportunity to apply the skills they learn in a therapist’s office to real-life, everyday situations. There are many forms of CBT, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). 

CBT can be highly effective in addressing a range of mental conditions (such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, substance use) as well as more general struggles (such as divorce, grief, relationship troubles, stress). 

What is CBT Therapy?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that  helps you learn how to manage your present concerns by changing the way you think and behave. CBT is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression symptoms and behaviors, but can be used for a wide range of challenges, including diagnoses such as eating disorders, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, and substance use disorders. In CBT, we will assist you in identifying thoughts causing you distress and work to generate more helpful alternatives. The main components of CBT include understanding core beliefs, dysfunctional assumptions, and recognizing automatic negative thoughts. 

CBT is a structured, short-term treatment in which you will learn to become your own therapist and apply skills you learn to your goals and everyday life. CBT is based on concepts that a person’s thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations or interactions are interconnected. When negative thoughts and feelings enter it traps you in a cycle that leaves you feeling stuck and overwhelmed with problems.  CBT aims to help you manage those concerns in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable parts. Additionally, the therapist helps show you how to change these negative thought patterns to improve your overall wellness. CBT is specific, in that the focus is on current problems rather than issues from your past. 

How we treat.

CBT is a brief focused therapeutic technique. Sessions last between 5-20 sessions. In sessions, you and the therapist will break down problems into smaller and separate parts. Then these areas will be analyzed to discern if they’re helpful or unrealistic and determine the impact that has on others you connect with and you. Once you work out what you can change, you will be given homework like assignments to practice these changes in your daily life and discuss how they went during next sessions. The aim is to teach you skills and how to apply them in your daily life in order to see a decrease in the impact that your problems are having on your current life.

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We Can Help.

If you or a loved one can benefit from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), we are here to help.
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