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What is cognitive-behavioral therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic technique that Strategies for Success uses to improve your emotional and mental well-being. 

The general principle behind CBT is that there’s a close connection between what you think, how you feel, and how you behave. These interactions then influence your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. 

For example, negative thoughts about yourself may cause feelings of sadness or hopelessness that make you want to withdraw from friends and family. 

With CBT, the providers at Strategies for Success help you understand how your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviors. Then, they teach you how to change your thoughts to improve how you feel about yourself, which affects how you behave.

Am I a candidate for cognitive-behavioral therapy?

Many people benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy. However, your provider at Strategies for Success can help you determine if it is the best type of therapy for you after an initial psychological exam. 

Some of the mental health conditions that benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • Phobias

  • Substance abuse

  • Trauma

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Though CBT is a common therapeutic technique for the treatment of mental health conditions, it can also help people manage everyday life. You may want to consider setting up a consultation to learn more about how CBT can help you manage stress or deal with relationship problems.

What happens during cognitive-behavioral therapy?

Your provider at Strategies for Success creates a personalized therapy plan based on your diagnosis, symptoms, problems, and goals. So, what happens during your cognitive-behavioral therapy may be different from what happens during someone else’s cognitive-behavioral therapy.

In general, your provider focuses on a problem and encourages you to talk about how you think and feel about that problem. That helps you identify the negative thoughts and feelings related to this specific problem.

Your provider then works with you to help you reshape your negative thinking to improve how you feel and behave. 

CBT is a short-term therapy that usually lasts anywhere from 5-20 weeks. Your provider at Strategies for Success adjusts your plan as you go through therapy to help you meet your goals.

Call Strategies for Success or book an appointment for your cognitive-behavioral therapy consultation online today.

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