Understanding CBT: What It Is & How It Works
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that focuses on identifying inaccurate or negative thinking, viewing difficult situations more clearly, and responding to those situations more effectively. CBT can be administered on an individual basis or in a group setting, and in some cases, it may be combined with another form of treatment (for example, medication). When compared to many other types of therapy, CBT often requires fewer sessions.
What Can CBT Be Used to Treat?
CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep disorders
- Substance use disorders
With that said, CBT isn’t just useful for individuals with mental illnesses—it can benefit anyone who’s dealing with a stressful situation. For example, CBT can also be used to help people cope with loss, resolve conflicts, and improve their communication skills. In therapy the client will learn just how powerful the connection with their thoughts, behaviors and feelings can be. Identifying unhealthy thinking patterns and reframing them to more positive, realistic or neutral ways of thinking can be life changing.
Does CBT Sound Like the Right Choice for You?
If you think you could benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, contact us today. We would be happy to tell you more about our practice and how we incorporate CBT into our therapy sessions. If Minds at Peace Therapy is a good fit for your needs, we can schedule a therapy appointment at a date and time that fits into your schedule. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you work toward your treatment goals.