What is cognitive-behavioral therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a therapeutic method based on the premise that your thoughts, emotions and behavior are all interconnected and that a positive change in one area can have a significant effect on the other two areas.
This type of therapy helps you to monitor and assess the way you think, feel and behave in response to certain trigger situations. It can help you respond better to these emotionally laden, triggering events. CBT provides a set of tools to help you make a more objective determination about whether your thinking patterns or beliefs about yourself and/or others are useful. CBT helps to eliminate negative self-talk, all-or-none thinking, over-generalization, should/ought thinking and catastrophic thinking.
CBT is a collaborative, present focused treatment that is a time-limited, research based treatment which works for a broad range of problems. In CBT, you learn to recognize and change thinking patterns in order to feel better and have a more gratifying life.
What does CBT treat?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques are especially effective for anger management, depression, anxiety and phobias, insomnia, mourning, grief reactions, acute trauma, post-traumatic stress reactions (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD), social anxiety/social avoidance, eating disorders, recovery, relapse-prevention and other issues.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can also help change habits and improve functioning in intimate, family relationships and professional relationship as well as in a range of stressful situations.
An important aspect of Cognitive Behavior Therapy is changing your perspectives, attitudes and habits in order to do better and feel better about yourself and others.
Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
As your cognitive behavioral therapist in Greenwich or White Plains, we will work together so you can:
Focus more effectively on key problem areas
Learn how to set reasonable and achievable goals
Identify and change harmful, self-destructive habits and persistent negative thoughts
Improve problem-solving skills
Improve time-management skills for life-work balance issues
Cognitive behavioral therapy is often used in conjunction with other counseling techniques and approaches. Combining CBT with psychodynamic psychotherapy provides a more comprehensive therapeutic approach which is more effective than either approach separately.