Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps people to recognize how what they think impacts how they feel and what they do. Let’s do a quick test of that idea. Imagine that you are on a sunny beach with gentle waves rolling in and seagulls calling. Feel the sun on your skin, notice the sand on your feet and the smell of the sea. You probably feel calm and quiet. Perhaps you would like to sit or walk slowly along the beach. Nice, isn’t it? Now, imagine a bear bursting out of the forest and running right at you. How do you feel? Most likely frightened and you are ready to run! Do you see the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions? You are (probably) not on the beach as you read this, and there is no bear. The feelings of peace or fear arose strictly from your thoughts, as did the urge to sit on the beach and run from the bear.
According to CBT, we learn about the world and ourselves through our experiences, especially those early in life. We use our experiences and the meaning we attach to them to form ideas about how the world works and how we fit in it. These ideas are called core beliefs. These core beliefs impact how we interpret events throughout our lives. However, even core beliefs such as “the world is a dangerous place” or “I am not worthy of love” can be changed through changing our thinking and finding evidence that disproves them. In CBT you will be asked to track your thoughts and evaluate them to see if they are helpful and accurate. If not, you will have the opportunity and be provided the support you need to change them. And, from our experiment we learned that changing thoughts leads to changes in feelings and actions. You can think your way to a better life!
We also offer Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.