Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the connection among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  It is not possible for someone to just “feel less depressed”, or to “just be happier”, but CBT can help individuals to work on identifying and changing his/her thoughts, in turn affecting how he/she feels.  In CBT treatment, the therapist works to helping individuals identify their “self-talk”, which is the chatter that goes on inside our heads throughout the day.  This “self-talk” can then be “reframed”, or changed into a healthier and more positive thought.   The CBT therapist will also teach clients coping skills that can be used to relax, de-stress, or distract away temporarily from a negative thought that is causing distress.  Another goal in treatment is for clients to eventually determine what their “core beliefs” are and to work on developing healthier beliefs about themselves.