Talk therapy is a fundamental concept of psychiatry, and it takes several forms, making it customizable to treat a variety of conditions while tailoring treatment to meet each patient’s particular needs. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on thoughts and behaviors as you experience them now in a structured and time-limited way.
Compared with other forms of talk therapy, CBT tends to identify and treat problems more quickly. The past and reasons behind certain behaviors aren’t as important in CBT as recognizing and addressing the thoughts and patterns that define your current condition. You gain the tools you need to make changes to your mental state now.
Dr. Jon Deam and the team at Dr. Jon Deam offer CBT and other psychotherapy services in the office or through private virtual visits, so you can remain in the comfortable and safe surroundings of your home. When you understand the benefits of CBT, we think you’ll recognize the changes that are possible for you.
What is CBT?
CBT takes the approach that we’re all potentially holding ourselves back from sound mental health through our own thoughts and feelings that keep us from happiness and fulfillment, not outside situations or others. This puts you into the driver’s seat, to take control of your mental wellness.
CBT is performance-based, using proven techniques with measurable results. It’s useful in addressing a wide range of mental health concerns, and CBT is also compatible with many personality types. It’s the most widely used type of talk therapy around the world.
The benefits of CBT
The effectiveness of any form of treatment is measured by its results. While CBT is often ideal for mental health conditions like anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it can also help you through situational problems like strained relationships, breakups, grief, chronic pain, and more. Here are some of the key benefits you can expect from CBT.
Hope and control
You can feel helpless when you’re suffering from a condition over which you have no control. Since a key principle of CBT is that we have some control over our moods and thinking, it’s harder to feel helpless. CBT illustrates that the means for change are in your hands. That in itself can be a powerful benefit.
CBT guides you away from stressed responses while introducing relaxation techniques. Emotional responses often lead to bad decisions, so developing paths to greater calmness offer new ways to face daily challenges.
Every small success leads you toward more success. CBT disrupts the pattern of negative responses while reinforcing successful thinking. You gain understanding and control over your thought processes. It’s an empowering ability.
Cognitive distortions, those negative patterns that drag us down, are possible because they’re taken for granted. Through CBT you’ll gain greater understanding of how your mind works, as well as learn the skills to help you redirect your thoughts and feelings. You begin to recognize negative thinking for what it is, giving you the power to bypass it in favor of more rational thinking.
Learn more about the benefits of CBT in consultation with Dr. Jon. You can reach the Dr. Jon Deam office by phone or online. Schedule your session today.