Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – CBT

CBT  is an evidenced based psychotherapy created by Dr. Aaron T. Beck at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beck initially developed CBT to treat depression. CBT has proven to be the psychotherapy of choice to treat depression. Over the years and after hundreds of clinical trials CBT has been proven effective in treating many different disorders.  CBT has been shown to be effective in treating mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, personality disorders, phobias, PTSD and other disorders commonly found in the DSM. In additon CBT has helped individuals  and couples with various problems and concerns.  The focus of CBT is on the here and now, aims to be brief as possible and is solution oriented. CBT counselors help their clients learn new skills that can be applied and used throughout their lives. Skills learned in CBT include catching and challenging distressing thoughts, changing belief systems, using new perspectives to relate to others and trying new behaviors.

 

The basic theory about CBT is that our thoughts effect emotions, behavior, and our physical sensations like the physical reactions to anxiety. If we can learn to identify and challenge our distressing thinking then we can feel better. The theory seems simple but in practice CBT requires commitment, practice and often the expertise of a trained CBT therapist.

I have trained at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and completed their training/supervision program. Please contact me if you have any questions about CBT or would like to know how CBT might help you.