What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

CBT is a form of psychological treatment that is effective for depression, anxiety, substance use, relationships issues, eating disorders, general stress, and many others. All of our therapists utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Denver Mental Health Collective’s group counseling practice.

Very simply, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was designed around the belief that emotions are hard to change directly. So, we target the emotions by changing thoughts and behaviors that are contributing to distressing emotions.

Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

CBT is evidenced-based and proven effective, which means that many groups of scientists have tested its effectiveness and then had their results supported by other groups of scientists.

In brief, an article published in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research says:

“The evidence-base of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is very strong.” (1) “CBT is as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications. (2)”

Each counselor at Denver Mental Health Collective utilizes CBT in their therapy approach.

What does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Involve?

Your therapist will encourage you to think about your life in new ways. For example, rather than thinking about the “things that are wrong with you” what is it like to think about the pattern of ineffective habits that you learned and recreated throughout your lifetime? They worked for a period of time and now they’re not working anymore. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) will help you recognize those ineffective habits and teach you how to change them, one step at a time.

Cognitive behavioral therapy will help you examine the way your thoughts, feelings, and behavioral all contribute to the problems you experience. You’ll learn specific skills and techniques for coping with problems more effectively and changing your habits.

What are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills?

CBT is packed with exercises to help you learn skills and enable you to put an end to the self-defeating thoughts that hold you back. A Denver Mental Health Collective therapist can help you reconnect with life by teaching how to integrate the following skills:

  1. Reengage With Life
  2. Turn Off Self-Defeating Thoughts
  3. Change Negative Core Beliefs
  4. Practice Stress Reduction
  5. Learn New Problem Solving Skills
  6. User Assertive Communication Skills
  7. Practice Coping Imagery and Skills
  8. Learn to Face Fearful Situations

Is CBT right for you?

If any of these describe you, then CBT might be an excellent fit:

  • You struggle with anxiety or depression
  • It feels difficult to control your behavior
  • Low self-esteem is undermining your relationships
  • You’d love a break from destructive thoughts
  • You wish to create a more balanced life
  • You feel generally stressed or angry

As difficult as these challenges are, and as distant as recovery may seem, you are not alone.

You are capable of learning new thinking patterns, and reducing daily stress, and putting a stop to destructive thoughts. As a result of gaining a better understanding of your thoughts, your behaviors can start to change. In the same way, a better understanding of your thoughts and beliefs will begin to reflect the reality around you. Together, we can help you gain a more positive self-image.

If you’d like us to show you firsthand how CBT can improve your life, schedule a free phone consultation with a CBT trained therapist.

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