What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a group of psychotherapeutic interventions that aim to explore and modify the relationships between cognitions (thoughts), behaviors (actions), and emotions (feelings) as a way to help people face and overcome life’s challenges. While there are many different types of CBT, most approaches put a primary emphasis on modifying a person’s thoughts and conclude that therapeutic change is accomplished, at least in part, by teaching people how to think in a more adaptive (or effective) manner. These changes in thinking have subsequent effects on an individual’s emotions and behaviors, thus reducing those symptoms (e.g, depression, anxiety, addiction, etc.) that are at the core of a person’s distress and difficulties.
Why Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
We want the individuals we serve to have a clear idea of what we are doing and why we are doing it in therapy. While everyone has thoughts, feelings, and behaviors it is far easier to identify, explore, and modify one’s thoughts and behaviors. This is not to say that emotions are not important for they are perhaps most important in the grand scheme of things. A Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach to treatment simply takes a look at an individual’s experience through the lens of their thoughts and behaviors. Ultimately, entering therapy can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know what to expect. The transparency and ease of understanding associated with Cognitive Behavior Therapy can help calm any uncertainties.
We believe in the adage, “It is a therapist’s goal to work themselves out of a job.” At Mindly, we understand that the reason why people come to therapy is because they are looking for help in escaping some sort of distress. We want to help you feel better as soon as possible while also setting you up for long-term success.