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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Anyways....?

The type of therapy that I implement is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (often abbreviated as CBT), and I wanted to take just a few moments to explain what that means for those who are not familiar with it.

The goal of a therapist utilizing CBT is to help you recognize your particular flawed, inaccurate, or negative thought patterns, or cognitive distortions, and guide you towards replacing them with healthier ones.

For example, if you struggle with overgeneralization, you may catch yourself thinking, "I might as well give up. I'm terrible at my job, and my boss is definitely going to fire me," if you miss a deadline. Another common distortion is emotional reasoning. This means internalizing your feelings as the truth.

This adaptability is one of CBT's major strengths. Studies have shown its ability to reduce the symptoms of many different mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, it is also used in cases where there is no disorder present, such as navigating the loss of a loved one or marital issues. Of course, it is not a miracle cure. It takes hard work on the part of the client, and they have to be willing to practice the skills they have learned. Also, some symptoms are the result of imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that require medication. However, the versatility and accessibility of CBT means that it can be used in conjunction with other resources and tools to create a treatment plan that works for you. It can also deepen your self-awareness, making you better able to assess which techniques are worth your time and which should be left behind.

The short answer is "Probably", but I am happy to chat with you about your particular situation. Give the office a call at 843-410-9234 or email us at and we'll set up a time!


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