Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic treatment designed to help individuals understand the interdependent relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an empirically-supported (research-supported) approach that has shown to be effective in treating a wide range of maladaptive behaviors. CBT is regularly used to treat a range of disorders including phobias, depression and anxiety, and behavior change related to physical health-related concerns.
At Endeavor Psychology, we use Cognitive Behavior Therapy to help clients learn how to identify and change disruptive, destructive or counter-productive thought patterns that have a negative influence on their actions, decisions and behavior. At its essence, our approach teaches individuals that, although they may not have complete control over the world around them, they can control their thoughts and behaviors in response to life’s challenges.
How does Cognitive Behavior Therapy work?
When we experience negative thoughts or feelings, it is not uncommon for those thoughts to begin influencing our beliefs and the way that we interpret the world. As a result, our negative beliefs may lead to problematic behaviors. When we let destructive thoughts, emotions and beliefs affect our actions, it can have a negative impact on various parts of our life, including relationships, work, school, and health.
For example, a person who has persistent negative thoughts about romantic relationships may begin believing that he/she is not capable of being in a healthy, loving relationship. As a result of these negative thoughts and beliefs, he/she may seek out relationships that are unhealthy, lacking love, respect or commitment.
In order to counteract these negative thoughts and behaviors, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will focus first on helping the client identify the problematic thoughts and beliefs that may be contributing to “maladaptive” (dysfunctional or unhealthy) behaviors. Therapy then focuses on addressing the actual behaviors that are contributing to the problem. The client begins to develop and incrementally implement new skills that they can use in their own lives to achieve healthier and more positive outcomes and lead happier lives.
How can Endeavor Psychology’s approach to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help me?
At Endeavor Psychology, we have had years of experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a number of other proven therapies to help clients identify and challenge patterns of thought, belief, decisions and behaviors that may be impeding their full potential to achieve happiness, reach goals and lead a high quality of life.
We use an “integrative” model of psychotherapy that draws largely on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but also incorporates Interpersonal Therapy and client-focused therapeutic approaches, which draws on our clients’ strengths.
Our approach to therapy leverages a holistic understanding of the individual, recognizing the intricate relationships between body and mind. Therapy takes into account not just what clients are experiencing emotionally and physically, but also how their support networks, social and work relationships, and communities shape their experiences and impact their mental and physical health.
If you or someone you care about would benefit from our therapeutic approach, please contact us for a consultation.