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August 23, 2016

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?


The 7 psychologists at Child and Family Development are trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and use this method in counseling and psychotherapy services. is a resource for professionals and lay people to find some basics about mental health, including easy info pages like the one pictured above. Their explanation of CBT is: 

CBT is ‚Äòpresent focused‚Äô. That means it works with thoughts and feelings in the here-and-now.  A cognitive behavioral therapist will try to understand a situation by looking at separate parts, what you affects the way you think and feel.  The key idea behind cognitive behavioral therapy is:

Sometimes, through no fault of their own, people get ‚Äòstuck‚Äô in vicious cycles.  Their thoughts (like ‚ÄúI‚Äôm useless‚Äù, ‚ÄúNobody likes me‚Äù) and feelings (like sadness and lethargy) about a problem can inadvertently keep it going. CBT is about finding out what is keeping us ‚Äòstuck‚Äô and making changes in our thinking and actions in order to improve the way we feel. It is a collaborative therapy and needs your active participation in order to be helpful. There is a lot of evidence to show it is an effective treatment. 

Call our offices to schedule an intake with a member of the psychology team.