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    COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

     

    Don’t let your thoughts defeat you.

    Hundreds of clinical studies show that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is effective in treating depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, PTSD, low self-esteem, pain and chronic medical conditions, and stress-related symptoms.

    But you’re thinking, “I don’t have a severe disorder; I just need help to get through something really stressful.”

    Good News! CBT is a powerful tool for managing stresses we all experience: work, health, and family issues, relationship problems, difficult decisions, and many different life changes.

    Whether you have a “diagnosable disorder”, are going through a life transition, or making an important decision, CBT can be very helpful to you.

    Our thoughts (cognitions), feelings, and behaviors are all related…

    …each one impacts the other.

    Not surprisingly, chronically anxious or depressed people have persistent negative thoughts. The negative thoughts tend to keep distressed individuals from engaging in uplifting activities.

    Instead, they may adopt self-defeating behaviors. As a result, they are likely to experience even more harsh critical thoughts –and they continue to feel progressively worse.

     

    CBT addresses each element of the repetitive, self-defeating cycle.

    People who are depressed, or anxious, often misinterpret situations.
    Typically, their thinking mistakes involve the way they think about themselves and the way they judge things that happen to them.

    Here is a small sample of common thinking errors:

    • “I’m sure to fail at this. Nothing I do turns out right. I may as well not try.”
    • “I can never get what I want out of life.”
    • “If I get divorced, it means I’m a failure.”
    • “I’m overweight. I’m losing my looks. No one will want me.”
    • “If I make a mistake, people will laugh and ridicule me. And I couldn’t stand that.”
    • “I should be farther along in my career.”

    Your negative thoughts don’t have to rule your life.

    CBT targets irrational and negative thoughts.
    It frees you to put facts into perspective, and fuels your life with more positive experiences. And…it feels good!

    CBT is practical and problem-focused.

    More emphasis is placed on current, here-and-now issues, and less attention to why something happened in the past.

    In a typical session, client and therapist work to identify relevant problems, goals, and strategies so that the therapistcan help the client develop skills to create the life they envisioned.

    A lot of work is done in the sessions.

    Between sessions, clients may be asked to practice simple, practical activities, selected to reinforce in-session discussions and add momentum to the therapy process.

    You’ll begin to see progress very early in your therapy!

    The bottom line is that CBT offers alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to learn skills that will help you transform your life.

    My experience with CBT is deep, covering many years and patient issues.

    Together we’ll pinpoint your issues, challenge your thinking, and develop new life-long skills.

    I’ll be a coach. I’ll also be a mentor. I’ll nudge you in the right direction to achieve your personal goals and hopes.

    Using proven techniques and years of experience, I’ll move you toward less pain, more joy, new hope, and a new way of seeing yourself and the world.

    Old ways of thinking and acting will change.

    New levels of awareness, skill, and freedom will be established. This means more happiness and contentment will be possible!

    I’m here to help. But the first decision is yours.

    Make the call, and we’ll explore how we can work together.