Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

We feel what we focus on. It’s not uncommon to experience negative self-talk patterns. When these patterns of thought are deeply entrenched, they can lead to depression, anxiety, poor relationships, substance abuse, loss of self-esteem and more. In psychology we call this negative self-talk; the pathological critic. Trying to cope with these negative thoughts, an individual may engage in behaviors that are destructive or self-sabotaging. Since cognition (thinking) affects our wellbeing, changing harmful thought patterns is essential.

CBT addresses harmful thought and behavior patterns. By helping clients recognize their ability to practice alternative ways of thinking, distressing emotions and harmful behaviors can be reduced or eliminated. As a research based treatment modality, CBT is an effective treatment for, anxiety, mood disorders, self-esteem, addictions, PTSD and other behavioral/mental health issues. CBT is present-oriented, problem-focused, and goal-directed, which can provide the following benefits:

  • CBT explores the client’s patterns of behavior leading to self-destructive actions and beliefs that direct these thoughts
  • CBT allows clients and therapists to work together in a therapeutic relationship to identify harmful thought patterns and actively seek alternate thinking
  • CBT can be provided in group and individual therapy
  • CBT skills are useful, practical and helpful strategies that can be incorporated into the client’s everyday life
  • CBT helps clients formulate coping strategies to handle potential stressors or difficulties