Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a short-term, problem-focused form of behavioral treatment that helps people see the difference between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and free them from unhelpful patterns of behavior.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents focus on teaching specific skills that highlight the ways their thoughts, emotions and behaviors are interconnected, and how each affects one another.
CBT is grounded in the belief that it is a person’s perception of events – rather than the events themselves – that determines how he or she will feel and act in response.
Because emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are all linked, using CBT allows for intervention at various points in the cycle.
- Panic attacks
- Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance dependency
- Anger management issues
- Tourette Syndrome (please see CBIT for more detailed information)
Most people with clearly defined behavioral and emotional concerns tend to reap the benefits of CBT. If any of the above issues resonate with you, I encourage you to try cognitive behavioral therapy.
With CBT, you’ll be able to adjust the thoughts that directly influence your emotions and behavior. This adjustment process is referred to as cognitive reconstructing, which happens through different CBT techniques.
- Challenging beliefs
- Social, physical and thinking exercises