CBT Therapy

Have you ever battled with recurring narrative thoughts even when you know they are either untrue or irrational? Yet, sometimes, for some reason, these thoughts seem impossible to shut off.

What Is CBT and Who Is It For?

These thoughts can become more pervasive during times of stress, such as relationship difficulties, life transitions, career transitions, a divorce or break up, grief, or loss. CBT is effective not only for mental health diagnosis, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, but also for general daily stressors.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on how an individual’s thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect feelings and behaviors.

What we think, what we feel, and what we do all affect and interact with each other.

The American Psychological Association explains that psychological barriers are based, in part, on negative ways of thinking and on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior.

If you are experiencing recurring negative thoughts, know that this is not uncommon at all. Over time, thought patterns become second nature (just like habits) and, in turn, produce certain behaviors.

The good news is, similar to forming new habits, adjusting and restructuring your thought processes is possible and sustainable through learned skills.

CBT seeks to identify and uproot these cognitive distortions (automatic destructive thought patterns) and reconstruct them into positive ones, leading to change in behavior and mood.

Research on CBT:

Are you interested in learning a tool that you can implement immediately?

Long-term goals are great to construct and monitor, but if you are someone who wants to experience more immediate positive changes in mood, productivity, and self-esteem, then CBT could be a good fit for you.

Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. 

Today, cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most well-studied forms of treatment.

It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of a range of mental conditions, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorder.

Along with this, many people are looking to CBT treatment to aid with daily life stressors and finding that these techniques empower them to become in control of their own thoughts.

The Neuroscience Behind the Effectiveness of CBT:

Does CBT really affect the brain and my thought processes?

“Neurons that fire together wire together” (Hebb’s Rule, 1949).

This is the well-known concept that any repeated experience or mental focus can strengthen or weaken neuronal bonds in the brain.

The brain will grow in areas that you focus on. If you have ever struggled with any anxiety-related symptoms or ruminating thoughts, then you already know that you cannot simply tell your brain to “stop thinking it.”

The problem here is that these neurons have often strongly bonded over time, thus creating a negative neural network; therefore, you are not simply dealing with changing one thought but rather a strongly bonded network.

Regarding neural networks, we can either build up certain thoughts and patterns just as we can destruct them. This is good news for the effectiveness of CBT.

CBT deconstructs the neural network that is causing distress and builds up positive ones, leading to an enhanced quality of thinking.

Benefits of CBT in Daily Life:

CBT is not simply an experience learned or gained in therapy; rather, it is a set of skills that are taught to last a lifetime. CBT becomes a way of life and a way of thinking.

As your therapist, I focus on:

If you are going through a stressful season or circumstance or have a tendency of struggling with recurring negative thoughts, then I encourage you to reach out today for a complimentary consultation to see if CBT can help you start living with more freedom today.

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