Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported “evidence-based” psychotherapeutic approach. The specific therapy techniques do vary within the different approaches of CBT depending upon the type of problem or issues to be addressed. Some of the work may include: keeping a journal of events/occurrences and the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that go along with these events; testing and challenging thought processes, assumptions, perceptions and beliefs that may be unrealistic or irrational; gradually facing and coming to grips with activities or situations which may have previously been avoided; and trying out new ways of coping, behaving and responding.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is usually focused on a specific problem and is structured toward the client. For CBT to be most effective, it requires honesty and openness between the therapist and the client. The therapist and the client co-create strategies for managing problematic emotions and cognitions thereby guiding the client to a happier, more peaceful life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is evidence-based, which means there is substantial research proving its effectiveness in helping people make emotional and behavioral changes. If you change how you think and perceive things, you can change how you feel about them and that in turn will cause a change in behavior. In most cases, a course of cognitive behavioral therapy is not an rapid process–a typical course of CBT consists of at least 12-16 therapy sessions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the treatment of choice for most anxiety disorders, OCD, bulimia nervosa, and clinical depression. To schedule an appointment with a Baton Rouge Therapist, give us a call at: (225) 293-2913.