Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is goal-oriented, problem-solving and predominantly emphasizes the present. During the session you’ll work with your therapist in Beverly Hills or Laguna Beach, CA to break down your thoughts, physical feelings, actions and together find appropriate solutions. To benefit from CBT, you need to commit yourself to the process. Our therapists can help you and advise you, but cannot make your problem go away without your personal effort and sustained cooperation.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was first developed in the 1960s by a psychiatrist by the name of Aaron Beck and is an evidence-based, short-term, goal-oriented form of talk psychotherapy, which assumes that unproductive, or unhelpful thinking patterns, cause unproductive behavior and undesired negative emotions. CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems by learning relaxation techniques such as deep-breathing, coping self-talk such as “I’ve done this before, just take a few deep breaths and I’ll be better” and distractions.
How effective is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) according to research?
CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including stress, phobias, addictions, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. CBT alone is 50-75% effective for overcoming depression and anxiety after 8-15 sessions. Medication alone is 50-75% effective, however, science still does not understand the long-term effects on the brain and body. Medication and CBT combined are most effective, with 75-90% of people becoming well again.
How can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) change you, if you consistently and diligently work at it over time?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy enables people to grow in maturity, insight, responsibility, decisiveness, and strength of character and is focused on solutions, not problems. It supposes that people are naturally whole and need just some help understanding themselves. It’s not about being a helpless victim who needs to be fixed. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) can lead people to live empowered, decisive, proactive, productive, and effective lives when they chose to make the oftentimes difficult yet necessary changes to make that a reality for themselves with the guidance and support of Reconnect Relationship psychotherapists in Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach, CA.
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