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Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is talk psychotherapy. This is available in group or individual modalities. This form of therapy is clinical and research-based that helps us learn unhealthy thought patterns. By changing our thought patterns, we are able to live healthier lives and make healthier choices.
In some cases, it is successful enough to avoid medications and further hospitalizations.
CBT Is Effective In Treating Underlying Issues
This successful form of talk therapy is helpful for treating:
It is important to understand that all therapies bring up difficult emotions within ourselves. For people who weren’t taught how to deal with these feelings, it can be difficult to cope. You may bring up unpleasant memories and experiences. You may feel distressed, incredibly sad, angry, or even fearful. You may want to scream, kick things, cry, or feel drained.
Remember, you are working with a skilled therapist who understands all of these feelings and responses. Part of CBT is learning coping skills to handle stressful situations. Your therapist will guide you through coping strategies in the heat of the moment so that you can train your brain to respond differently.
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When you engage in cognitive behavioral therapy, you will have the opportunity to understand your diagnosis. If you have spent a lot of time wondering why you do the things you do, you will finally get that answer. While some people stress over their mental health diagnosis, it can be very relieving to have it explained.
The second part of CBT is learning various techniques for treatment. You will learn coping, how to relax (there isn’t just one way!), resilience, and managing your stress. Although you have an understanding of your diagnosis, managing your symptoms is crucial in your recovery.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a goal-oriented approach. The therapist will find the root of a problem through the intake process. The following are the steps involved with CBT.
If you want to know if our cognitive behavioral therapy program is right for you, call us today. Our trained staff can discuss with you what our program entails and if you are the right fit. Don’t try coping alone anymore, we are here to help you.
Dr. Bickley graduated from U.C. Irvine with honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cum Laude. He has been featured on national radio and print media. He is also a frequent lecturer at National Conferences. He holds an A.S. degree in Drug & Alcohol Studies, and two B.A. degrees in Criminology & Psychology, and masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed California Drug & Alcohol Counselor Level II, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and is certified in treating Eating Disorders.
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