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Counseling with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Therapy is one of the most trusted and proven methods for treating various mental health disorders. From low-level anxiety to severe trauma-induced PTSD and more, the many therapeutic approaches developed throughout the decades have brought relief to millions. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one form of psychotherapy that has proven especially effective for a wide array of mental health conditions. Counseling and cognitive-behavioral therapy help treat a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse and risky behaviors

Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be adapted to treat each individual’s specific needs and goals. At Connections Wellness Group, we employ CBT techniques in our treatment approaches. Call 940.360.4245 to learn more.

What Is Counseling and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based practice commonly used by mental health professionals to treat many different types of disorders. CBT aims to address thoughts and behaviors that have been counterproductive to a person’s well-being and equip them with tools and methods to correct or manage distorted thinking patterns. CBT is intended to be a short-term treatment, which is why sessions require active involvement from both the therapist and the patient. The therapist will use various techniques and tailor strategies to fit each person’s needs.

How Do CBT Techniques Work?

In general, cognitive-behavioral therapy helps people to identify and change negative thinking patterns and unhealthy behaviors. The therapist works with the individual to help them understand how their thoughts and behaviors affect their lives and then assists them in developing new, more positive ways of thinking and behaving.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a relatively short-term treatment approach, typically lasting 10-12 weeks. However, the number of sessions may vary depending on the individual’s needs and progress. Some people may need more or fewer sessions to achieve their desired results.

Who Can Benefit from Counseling and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Significant research has demonstrated that CBT effectively treats a range of problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and phobias. CBT can also benefit those without a diagnosis, such as in the case of marital problems or coping with grief or loss.

Managing everyday stress can be treated with CBT as you learn to recognize the types of faulty thinking patterns that hinder your ability to cope. Some of these distorted thinking patterns include the following:

  • Mind reading: In this case, you feel you know exactly what someone is thinking. For example, you may think someone is having a negative thought about you by their facial expression, thus causing you to feel bad when that person is just upset.
  • Catastrophizing: Another form of distorted thinking in which a person tends to always think the worst will happen. For example, you may make a small mistake at work and be convinced that it will ruin everything and cause your boss to fire you.

Most of these cognitive distortions come unbidden and are based on a belief system often created at a young age.

What Can You Expect from Counseling and CBT?

During the first session, your therapist will gather the necessary information and assess the presenting problem. Because it is a short-term treatment, sessions are goal-oriented and structured with homework, reading assignments, and other activities. Your therapist will work collaboratively with you to develop goals. They may also teach meditation and relaxation techniques.

The length of treatment will vary from person to person but is usually between 10 and 12 weeks. You can expect to see significant changes in your thinking and behavior during this time. After treatment, you will have the tools and knowledge to continue to manage your thoughts and behaviors in a healthy way.

Contact Connections Wellness Group for Counseling and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health challenges, then cognitive-behavioral therapy may be one component of finding true relief. Connections Wellness Group has multiple locations throughout the Dallas – Fort Worth area and also offers telehealth options. Call 940.360.4245 or contact us online to learn more about CBT techniques and how we can help.