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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mental Health Center of San Diego

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) represents a common form of talk therapy. You work closely with a therapist by attending several sessions that follow a structured format. One of the primary objectives of CBT is to get you to recognize negative and/or inaccurate thoughts. Once you recognize negative and/or inaccurate thoughts, you start to view challenging life obstacles as something you can positively respond to outside of the structured environment established by your CBT therapist.

Undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy can be an effective tool used on its own, as well as with other types of psychotherapies. CBT treats a wide variety of mental conditions that hamper the quality of life experienced by people, such as depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

CBT focuses on changing negative and inaccurate thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. Often referred to as a solutions-based form of talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy operates on the psychotherapy principle that negative and inaccurate thoughts and emotions strongly influence behavior. For example, feeling acute anxiety might modify your perception of one or more of life’s challenges. A therapist works with you to identify negative and inaccurate thoughts, as well as discover what types of environments trigger the negative and inaccurate thoughts.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective type of talk therapy for patients of all ages that including young children, adolescents, working-age adults, and seniors. CBT is the preferred model for talk therapy among both therapists and insurance companies. The techniques used to conduct cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions can be done online, as well as in person.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Used to Treat?

The goals of implementing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques include helping patients gain insight into the motivation of the people they interact with daily. People develop effective problem-solving skills to address difficult to resolve problems. An effort to change a patient’s behavioral pattern might include teaching a patient to confront fears, as well as learning how to slow down and relax the mind to encourage positive thoughts and emotions.

Achieving the general goals of CBT helps therapists treat a wide variety of mental health conditions, including:

Depression • PTSD • Insomnia • Anxiety •Addiction

People that have succumbed to substance abuse benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy techniques because they learn why they are motivated to use drugs and/or alcohol. CBT is an effective therapy to use with patients that suffer from highly serious mental conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Therapists implement CBT techniques to treat military veterans, law enforcement officers, and the victims of a violent crime that have experienced one or more traumatic life events.

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The Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The main goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to teach people that although they cannot control every detail of what transpires around them, they can take more control of their lives to think more positive thoughts.

CBT produces several benefits that are recognized by licensed and certified therapists. People change their thought processes to think healthier thoughts by immediately recognizing negative and inaccurate emotions. Because treatments can take as few as five sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy is considered a highly effective short-term program. CBT treats a wide variety of mental health conditions, ranging from mild to severe symptoms.

Undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy is typically more affordable than other types of talk therapy solutions. The fact that you can complete sessions in person and online ensures you do not have to miss a session. If you do not need to function by taking psychotropic medication, CBT might be the ideal treatment solution for your mental health needs.

Getting Started with
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in San Diego

Working with a CBT therapist at the Mental Health Center of San Diego is a good place to start when addressing your unique mental health issues. Our CBT therapists have earned the proper professional credentials as defined by California and specialize in treating a wide range of mental conditions. To learn more contact a member of the Mental Health Center of San Diego team by calling 858-465-7722 today.