Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment, proven effective for numerous problems based on extensive clinical trials over the past three decades. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a collaborative, empowering treatment approach and is intended to be relatively short term and solution-focused. Well-trained cognitive behavior therapists structure therapy sessions and treatment plans in an effective and efficient manner, in order to reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. Cognitive behavior therapy is grounded in the proven understanding that much of our suffering results from the interaction of problematic thinking styles, painful emotions and ineffective behaviors.
Through cognitive behavior therapy, people can learn to identify and change ineffective patterns of thinking that negatively impacting their mood and behavior. In order to overcome destructive thinking, cognitive behavior therapy helps people identify and/or modify problematic thoughts, assumptions and beliefs. In this way, individuals learn how their maladaptive thinking is impacting their behavior. This self-discovery, guided by a well-trained cognitive behavior therapist is essential for reducing emotional suffering. Additionally, cognitive behavior therapy focuses on changing ineffective behavior patterns that are resulting in psychological distress and are contributing to the identified problem.
With assistance form a well-trained CBT therapist, one develops new coping strategies that can be used in real-life situations. This may include relaxation or mindfulness approaches, thought evaluation and modification strategies, and/or behavioral skills training to cope or deal with distressing events. Typically these new coping plans are developed to target specific problems. However, one of the greatest benefits of cognitive behavior therapy is that it helps you learn new coping skills that will generalize to future struggles.