Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a structured, compassionate, present-oriented psychotherapy focused on solving current problems and teaching skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behavior. In the tenets of CBT, the belief is that the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation, itself. Given this, an important aspect of cognitive behavior therapy is helping clients change their unhelpful thinking and behavior so that they will experience an enduring improvement in their emotions, mood, and functioning. CBT treatment can be helpful for a wide range of problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, attention and behavior problems, parent-child conflicts, couple conflicts, and more.
CBT encompasses a variety of strategies and skills. Therapists who are trained in CBT use lots of problem solving, and borrow ideas and skills from many different theories: dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, Gestalt therapy, attachment therapy, mindfulness, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, interpersonal psychotherapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Not everyone who benefits from CBT has a mental health condition! CBT therapists can teach many skills and coping strategies, draw upon many different mindfulness activities, access reflective techniques, and strengthen individuals' self-awareness. Our goals include helping our clients cope better with life, stress, work; better handle the changes that life often unexpectedly hands us; and effectively manage the many personal and career development challenges we often face.