Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is the most widely used evidence-based practice for treating mental health issues.
It is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes an active, practical approach to problem-solving.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, and actions are interconnected.
Changing your negative patterns improves your mood and outlook.
In sessions, you'll learn to deal with overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts.
CBT is structured so that, in addition to talking freely, we'll look at specific problems and set measurable goals.
The aim of therapy is to help you apply the skills you've learned in session to your daily life so you can manage your problems and stop allowing them to rob you of your joy.
What Does a Session Look Like?
We might be writing down your negative feelings and thoughts and looking at what cognitive distortions are at play: All-or-nothing thinking? Overgeneralizing? Self-blame? Mind-reading? Fortune-telling?
Or maybe we're going through methods to find the approach that fits best with the way your mind works to create a permanent shift in the way you feel about yourself and the world. We'll work on one negative thought at a time.
For homework, you'll be filling out a Daily Mood Log to practice capturing what is happening in your mind each time you're confronted with anxious situations in real-life.
I'm certified in using a cutting-edge CBT approach created by Dr. David Burns at Stanford's School of Medicine. It's called the T.E.A.M. model. T- testing, E- empathy, A - agenda setting and M- methods. Dr. Burns is the author of Feeling Good and When Panic Attacks, among other books, and founder of the Feeling Good Institute.