Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, enables you to manage your fears by helping you gradually change the way you think. It’s based on the interconnectedness of thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors. CBT helps our clients to uncover, investigate and change their own thought patterns and reactions since these are what cause our perceptions and determine our behaviors. Our Therapists offer a valuable perspective, which helps improve their quality of life and manage stress better than someone simply “problem-solving” tough situations on their own.

A core principle is that external situations, interactions with other people and negative events are not responsible for our poor moods and problem in most cases. Instead, CBT therapists actually view the opposite as being true. It is, in fact, our own reactions to events, the things we tell ourselves about the events — which are within our control — that wind up affecting our quality of life.

This is great news because it means we have the power to change!
We can become better at intercepting disruptive thoughts that make us anxious, isolated, depressed, prone to emotional eating and unwilling to change negative habits.

When we can accurately and calmly look at situations without distorting reality or adding additional judgments or fears, we’re better able to know how to react appropriately in a way that makes us feel happiest in the long run.

  1. You become more rational
    Begin to see how irrational old thoughts are and how they have harmed you. You can transition your thoughts and beliefs to become rational, instead of allowing automatic negative thoughts and feelings to control the brain.
  2. You Learn To Control Your Thinking
    You learn strategies to stop unwanted thinking and learn to think clearly and rationally. You will then learn how to reduce your negative thoughts and responses, and replace them with healthier, more constructive and self-accepting thoughts
  3. Your Beliefs About Yourself Change
    As you feel more in control of your thoughts, your belief system about yourself changes. You develop confidence.
  4. You Calm Down and Relax
    The first thing you will learn is to how to respond to anxiety in a different way than you have in the past. Anxiety will no longer frighten you and can approach it with calmness and peace. You can handle situations in a more relaxed and less anxious approach.
  5. You Expect Better Outcomes
    Because of previous experiences, there is a tendency to expect poor outcomes for yourself and situations. As old negative thoughts and beliefs start to change, you begin to expect outcomes with more logical and common sense.

~”Through cognitive behavioral therapy, we can learn to change the way we think, which changes the way we feel, which in turn changes the way we view and handle tough situations when they arise, and will ultimately help to improve our lives.” ~

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