What is CBT doc?  More alphabet soup?

CBT is my primary form of psychological treatment.   It has been demonstrated to be effective for
a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement.

So how does it work?  What is involved?  CBT is based on the following core principles:

1. Psychological problems are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking.
2. Psychological problems are based, in part, on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior.
3. People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.
CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. These strategies might include:
• Learning to recognize one’s distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then to reevaluate them in light of
reality.
• Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others.
• Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations.
• Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence is one’s own abilities.

CBT treatment also usually involves efforts to change behavioral patterns. These strategies might include:
• Facing one’s fears instead of avoiding them.
• Using role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with others.
• Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body.

I will partner with you to help you learn these skills and reduce your presenting symptoms.  We may not use all of these strategies in every session.  My goal is to teach you to be your own therapist so that eventually, you will be able to do these things independent of me and may only need to return for maintenance or life events.

Article paraphrased from APA.Org Div 12
(https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/cognitive-behavioral.pdf)