What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective therapy for everyday struggles, as well as depression, anxiety, substance use, eating disorders, and many others. And all of our expert therapists at Denver Mental Health Collective are trained in CBT. Very simply, CBT is designed around the belief that emotions are hard to change directly. So, we target the emotions by changing thoughts and behaviors that contribute to distressing emotions.

Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

CBT is evidenced-based and its effectiveness is proven. 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)”

What does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Involve?

Simply, your therapist will encourage you to think about your life in new ways. And CBT will help you recognize ineffective habits and teach you how to change them.

And then CBT will help you examine the way your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors all contribute to the problems you experience. Finally, you’ll learn specific skills and techniques for coping with problems more effectively and changing your habits.

What are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills?

Packed with exercises and skills, CBT will help you put an end to the negative thoughts. A Denver Mental Health Collective therapist will help you reconnect with life using the following skills:

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

Is CBT right for you?

CBT is an excellent fit if any of these describe you:

  • 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, you are not alone.

In fact, you are capable of learning new thinking patterns. And reducing daily stress. And and putting a stop to destructive thoughts. As a result, you’ll gain a better understanding of your thoughts, and 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’re struggling, schedule a free phone call with a therapist today!

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