What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Perhaps you are seeking a therapist. Your medical doctor, friend, sister, Google search, or TikTok scrolling recommended Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. CBT is an evidence-based treatment for a wide range of problems people experience, including depression, anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias, and insomnia, among others.

But what exactly is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and what does a CBT session look like?

The general principal underlying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment is that thoughts, feelings, and behavior influence each other and how we interact in our environments. By changing our thoughts and our relationship to thoughts, we can change behavior and emotions. CBT also teaches tools for responding differently to thoughts, behavior patterns, and painful emotions.

CBT sessions are structured! Good CBT therapists listen and validate while helping you move toward your goals. You set your goals and your therapist is the expert who teaches you tools to get where you want to go. Every client is unique, but CBT sessions generally include setting an agenda, evaluating problems, and learning and practicing solutions to those problems. The good news? CBT works. The not so good news? It requires work! If you work with us, expect therapy homework 😉

Learn more about CBT treatment and our CBT therapists by checking out our Services and About Us pages on our website. Sadly, we aren’t on Tik Tok (yet).