Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence based therapy which works on the belief that how we think (cognition) determines how we feel and, in turn, how we behave. It is a therapy which is empirically proven to be effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression, weight management, psychosis and many other conditions. In therapy we target distorted, negative automatic thinking. Challenging these thoughts leads to a refreshingly positive and accurate way of viewing our situations. Often, it is not necessary to dwell in events from the past (though they must be honored and old wounds resolved) to bring about desired change.
The graphic below may help you to understand this foundational principle which guides therapy in a cognitive behavior session. Your therapy will be active and engaging. You will do work during the week between sessions because that is when most of our negative, distorted thinking takes place. In session, we will talk through the kinds of thinking you were troubled with, look for patterns and develop strategies to challenge the negative thoughts. We may develop experiments to help you determine more clearly whether or not your thinking is accurate or if there is any evidence to support it.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
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