What is COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)?
CBT is a time-limited, present-focused, goal-oriented form of psychotherapy. Treatment is transparent and collaborative, and promotes independence by teaching concrete skills and problem solving. Clients are active throughout the treatment and often take on weekly practice assignments, which tends to speed their progress. Progress towards treatment goals is measured throughout to ensure effectiveness.
CBT is designed to be a relatively brief form of treatment. In fact, most mental health difficulties can be effectively treated in 6-24 sessions, although longer treatment is sometimes necessary. Research has shown that CBT is highly effective in treating a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety, trauma-related difficulties, insomnia, eating disorders, weight loss and maintenance, interpersonal difficulties and anger management.
The key finding from decades of research on cognitive behavioral therapy is that certain types of thinking and engagement in self-defeating behaviors are often the cause of one’s painful feelings. In CBT, you’ll learn how to identify and evaluate extreme or unhelpful thinking and how to make behavioral changes in service of living a richer and more satisfying life.
Do you offer other evidence-based treatmentS?
While the Center prides itself on offering state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral therapy, we also recognize that there are other evidence-based treatments that may be appropriate and effective given some clients’ specific concerns. As such, we offer Mindfulness-based interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Schema-Focused Therapy. These interventions have been found to be empirically supported for a number of mental health concerns.
In addition, there are times when integrative therapy may be appropriate. In those instances, we typically blend elements of CBT, acceptance-based and humanistic/existential approaches, depending on the needs of the client.