Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the interconnected relationships between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By examining unhelpful thoughts, ineffective behaviors, and painful emotions we can intervene to change the way we think, behave, and ultimately, how we feel.
CBT is considered the gold standard psychological treatment because of its extensive research base in comparison to other forms of psychotherapy and even medication. CBT has been demonstrated through scientific research to be an effective treatment for a wide range of difficulties including:
- Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar Disorder)
- Anxiety disorders (OCD, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety, Panic, Social Anxiety)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating)
- Low Self-Esteem
- Performance Issues (Academic, Athletic, Occupational)
- Marriage or Relationship Problems
- Parenting Skills
- Emotional or Behavioral Problems in Children or Teenagers
CBT can often be a short-term treatment that takes a present-focused and goal-directed approach. In a CBT framework, client and therapist work collaboratively to identify treatment goals, track progress, and develop new skills. In addition to the work inside therapy, CBT emphasizes the importance of practice through homework assignments outside of sessions.