Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. Cognitive Behavioral skills are used to treat a variety of mood and behavioral issues for both children and adults.
CBT is one of the most versatile and effective therapy approaches. It has been used since the 1960s to help individuals change patterns of behavior and thinking to improve the way they feel. The basic approach is founded on three core principles:
- Disordered emotions and other psychological concerns are often linked to negative thought patterns.
- Unhelpful behavior patterns may contribute to psychological and emotional disorders.
- Developing healthy coping mechanisms allows individuals to change destructive patterns of thought and behavior.
Over the decades of research and practice utilizing CBT, these three simple principles have been applied in a range of situations. From decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety to relieving stress and learning to manage anger, CBT practices deliver solutions to support individuals in myriad ways.
A Routine CBT Session
CBT sessions are all about learning to challenge negative thought patterns and problematic behaviors while developing healthy coping skills to manage difficult or challenging emotions that arise as a result of these thought and behavior patterns. During each session, your therapist will ask you to discuss what’s been happening in your life since your last session. You’ll discuss and confront negative thoughts and problematic behaviors that have arisen in specific situations. Then, your therapist will ask you to practice ways to change these thoughts and behaviors. At the end of your session, your therapist will assign work you can do in your daily life to practice the skills you develop during sessions. Afterall, what good is therapy if it doesn’t improve your real life? Between visits, you’ll apply the skills you’re learning in real-world scenarios. At your next appointment, you and your therapist will discuss how it went. You’ll continue to apply coping strategies outside the office and adjust as necessary to ensure you are progressing toward your goals. In most cases, CBT is a short-term therapy approach that helps individuals to resolve current concerns and manage issues that arise in the future.
Schedule a CBT Visit
CBT is a beneficial approach for many people, but it’s not right for every situation. If you want to learn more about CBT and other therapy methods, please reach out to Family Matters of Marin. During a free introductory phone call, one of our team members will spend 15 to 20 minutes talking to you about your concerns, answering any questions you have about CBT or other therapy options, and scheduling your intake session when and if you’re ready. Don’t hesitate to give our office a call at (415) 326-6354 when you’re ready to find out more.