What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and How Does It Work?

woman doing cognitive behavioral therapyYou’ve probably heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy, but what is it really and how does it work? Is it a good fit for me or someone I love?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is based on the idea that our thoughts and beliefs can influence our emotions and behaviors, and that by changing negative or distorted thoughts, we can improve our emotional and behavioral responses.

There is a wealth of research supporting the effectiveness of CBT in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and other issues. Hundreds of research studies have consistently shown that CBT can be an effective treatment for these conditions, with many people experiencing significant improvements in their symptoms.

CBT is considered an evidence-based treatment, meaning that it has been rigorously tested and shown to be effective through research. The American Psychological Association (APA) considers CBT to be an evidence-based treatment for a number of mental health conditions.

So, how can CBT help a person struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or other issues? During CBT, a therapist will work with the individual to identify and challenge negative or distorted thoughts and beliefs, and to develop new coping strategies and behaviors. This can help to reduce symptoms and improve overall well-being.

Several of the excellent therapists at Southeast Psych Nashville specialize in using CBT. If this seems like it might be a good match for you or someone you care about, call 615-373-9955 to get started.

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