Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
The Proven Solution for Mental Health Issues

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has emerged as an effective mental health treatment. It is a dual approach to treatment, addressing both thoughts and behaviors. CBT has been proven effective for a range of issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, relationship problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illnesses.

The personal meaning of things is vital to CBT therapy. This approach looks at the significance that individuals place on things and how thinking patterns begin in childhood. At the same time, behavioral therapy pays attention to the relationship between problems, behavior, and thoughts. A therapist trained in CBT will customize the therapy to the specific needs and symptom profile of each patient.

The Significance of CBT Therapy

CBT is an approach with a lot of scientific evidence, showing that the methods used in treatment can produce sustainable positive change for clients. Psychological problems can be due to faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking or from learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. People suffering from these problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives. The rehearsal of new coping skills can lead to the development of sustained functional patterns.

CBT therapy focuses on the here-and-now, moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life. It places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapists. Through exercises in the session as well as “homework” exercises outside of sessions, clients are helped to develop new coping skills, which can lead to a change in their own thinking, problematic emotions, and behavior.

CBT Therapy Strategies

CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. These strategies might include:

  • Learning to recognize distortions in thinking that are creating problems.
  • Reality testing to challenge irrational thinking and responses.
  • Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others.
  • Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations.
  • Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s abilities.
  • Cognitive Distortions and CBT Therapy

Cognitive distortions are thinking patterns or simply ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn’t actually true. These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions. Here are ten common cognitive distortions that can contribute to negative emotions:

  • All-or-Nothing Thinking
  • Over-Generalization
  • Mental Filter
  • Discounting the Positive
  • Jumping to Conclusions
  • Magnification
  • Emotional Reasoning
  • “Should Statements”
  • Labeling
  • Personalization

CBT treatment also usually involves efforts to identify and address cognitive distortions. By recognizing and challenging these patterns, individuals can develop a more balanced and accurate view of themselves and their circumstances.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a proven and effective mental health treatment. It has been shown to be as effective as, or even more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications. CBT is an approach with a lot of scientific evidence, showing that the methods used in treatment can produce sustainable positive change for clients. By changing thought patterns and developing new coping skills, CBT therapy can lead to a reduction in symptoms and an improvement in the quality of life.

It May Be Time For

Psychological Support

This is an office that specializes in the treatment of women. There are times in life when a woman can feel off balance and can’t seem to snap out of it. When our own natural support system just isn’t enough, it may be time to reach out to a professional counselor to start the process of therapy.

Our new office in Portland provides effective and reliable Teletherapy services for women. It has proven to be a very viable way to meet with clients.  During our sessions, we meet face-to-face, utilize the whiteboard and share important visual materials with you.  We recognize the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and strive to build a positive rapport, treating each client with respect and dignity.  This office now accepts Medicaid clients.