Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) examines how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected. CBT changes patterns of distorted thinking and unhelpful behaviors to improve mood, anxiety, and other psychological issues. Unlike many other types of therapy, CBT is more active and problem-solving oriented, collaborative, and short-term. CBT has consistently shown to be effective across hundreds of clinical research trials, and is considered the gold-standard treatment for a number of different disorders, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders.
We believe that therapy shouldn’t be a mystery– a key part of our work is teaching you how to use CBT strategies and skills so that you’re able to effectively manage your emotions for the rest of your life. One way that we help clients accomplish this goal is by practicing these strategies for “homework” between sessions.
CBT for depression is an evidence-based and effective treatment for making long-term improvements in mood and feelings. Generally, this form of treatment teaches individuals to examine how their patterns of thinking, behaviors, and emotions mutually affect each other in the development and maintenance of depressive symptoms. Special focus is spent on negative patterns of thinking, and how these patterns shape one’s view of themselves, others, and the world around them. Clients are also helped to engage or re-engage in those valued behaviors which will help fight symptoms of depression; this can include anything from exercise to reading to volunteer work. Addressing these patterns of thoughts and behaviors will cause significant positive changes in mood and feelings. CBT with children often involves creative implementation, including games, worksheets, and activities, as well as considerable involvement and engagement from the parent(s).
Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment (ComB model) is a recently developed treatment for hair-pulling (trichotillomania), skin-picking (excoriation), and other body-focused repetitive behaviors that involves modifying thoughts and feelings contributing to the problem and replacing deeply entrenched behaviors, such as pulling or picking, with helpful alternatives, including habit reversal training techniques.