Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that is based on cognitions, assumptions, beliefs, and behaviors, with the aim of influencing disturbed emotions. CBT is widely used to treat various kinds of psychological disorders, including mood disorders and anxiety disorders. CBT techniques vary. They are patient specific and adjusted according to individual needs. CBT techniques commonly include things such as keeping a diary of significant events and associated feelings, gradually facing activities which may have been avoided, and trying out new ways of behaving and reacting. CBH also often includes relaxation and distraction techniques.
CBT is not an overnight process. CBT is often used in combination with medications to treat mood and anxiety disorders, and to help individuals, couples, and families find new ways to cope with difficulties. Even after patients have learned to recognize when and where their mental processes go awry, it can take months of effort to replace a dysfunctional cognitive-affective-behavioral process or habit with a more reasonable, salutary one.
All of our therapists have training in the use of CBT to treat a variety of psychological problems.