Chances are you have heard of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( also referred to as CBT), but what exactly is it? CBT is the most researchedand reviewed form of therapy to date that allows the measurement of your progress throughout your sessions. How is this done? Let's break it down.
Cognitive: Thoughts. We are all guilty of having unhelpful thinking traps. Sometimes these become so deeply engrained in our psyche that they become harmful to us, leading us to experience anxiety, panic attacks and depression. CBT helps you to rewrite your own way of thinking by replacing these unproductive thoughts with more productive thoughts.
Behavioral: Do you avoid things? Do you find yourself over-indulging, or over-restricting to the point that it interferes with your day? Or, maybe you find yourself needing to perform certain rituals throughout the day to keep calm? We all have behavioral quirks and habits (It's what makes us human), but what should you do when these unproductive and sometimes harmful behaviors interfere with your day to day? CBT is a proven way to help you gradually adjust and minimize these behaviors by increasing positive behaviors. CBT is a highly effective means of managing your symptoms and replacing them with healthier thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
CBT requires some outside practice so that you and your therapist can closely monitor your symptoms. It mostly involves rating scales, journaling and keeping track of your symptoms between sessions. CBT also requires practicing the skills you have learned in the therapy room, and applying them to the outside world. This will be discussed between you and your therapist as CBT is a collaboration between you and your therapist.
Alexis Rosen, registered Marriage Family Therapist Intern 72406. Employed by Soultenders supervised by Kristine Adamian, LCSW Office locations in Burbank & Pasadena