You have probably heard about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy... It is a theory used in psychotherapy with individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety. Read below to learn about how we use CBT in therapy sessions.
The way I explain CBT to my clients is that it means aligning your thoughts and behaviors to make a positive change in your life. In therapy sessions, we focus on learning to identify limiting beliefs, for example “I always screw things up”, and replacing them with healthy thoughts, for example “I don’t do things right all of the time, and that is okay”; by doing this, we address the thoughts (cognition). In therapy sessions we also focus on setting up a self-care plan where you will list activities that you commit to doing for your mental health; this addresses the behavior. In order to help you through this transition we assign homework so that you practice the skills learned during therapy throughout the rest of the week. We will also hold you accountable for putting the proper plan into action. As we focus on both thoughts and behaviors we move closer to the desired change. This sounds simple and it can be. The point is to become aware of your negative beliefs and learn to swap them for healthy beliefs and working on your behaviors.
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If CBT resonates with you, give us a call for a free 15-minute phone consultation. It is important that you find the right therapist for your needs. During the 15-minute consultation, you can share with us why you are seeking therapy, share any relevant information, and ask any questions you may have about Calderas Counseling or a specific therapist. We are here to help and to change the world one person at a time.