Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is different than other forms of therapy because it is empirically based, proven to help with treating anxiety and depression. According to the Beck Institute, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a time-sensitive psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching clients skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behavior.

Basically, thoughts impact behavior. So if a person can change negative or maladaptive thoughts to positive ones, then behaviors will be positively affected and new habits will be formed.

 In counseling, CBT is generally used to correct maladaptive thinking that is causing an individual to experience a variety of issues including; anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders, addictions, marital conflict, family dysfunction, and communication issues.

“Keep your thoughts positive

because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive

Because your words become your behavior.

Keep your behavior positive

Because your behavior becomes your habits.

Keep your habits positive

Because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive

Because your values become your destiny”

-Gandhi

CBT combined with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can be a very effective form of therapy.

It is often successful because while CBT addresses current thinking and habits that are negatively affecting a person’s mental health, EMDR targets the root causes of the thinking and behavior.

Our therapists use CBT regularly, usually combined with other modalities. We find CBT is especially helpful with EAP or short-term clients.