Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Many consider cognitive behavioral therapy as the most effective therapy method for many different types of mental health and emotional distress conditions. CBT involves a coupling of both talk therapy, and behavioral therapy and has helped millions of people heal from numerous disorders, including depression, PTSD, substance abuse, marital strife, and more.
CBT is designed to increase a patient’s happiness and emotional well-being by drawing attention to dysfunctional and negative thought patterns and changing them. Changing these negative beliefs will also redefine a patient’s values, and how they act on those values. This is how and where CBT isn’t like traditional talk therapy, although talk therapy is an integral part of its roots. It is a behavioral therapy in that the entire goal of the sessions is to change a patient’s mindset and therefore, their behavior.
This is why the therapy can work for such a wide range of emotional problems and behavioral disorders. Unlike most psychoanalytical behaviors which focus on childhood wounds and trauma, CBT is focused on problem-solving and results. Of course, the therapy will look into the possible causes of a person’s issues. Treatment however, is not focused on the cause, but the solution. During CBT, patients are supported in recognizing and challenging their negative or distorted perceptions about themselves and the world. Under the guidance of a trained therapist, patients are given the tools they need to change their attitudes and their negative behavior patterns.
At its core, CBT centers around the idea that your thoughts and the way you perceive yourself and the world is at the root of your behavior, whether good or bad. When you are upset, your perceptions can be distorted. During a CBT session for example, our therapists help you identify those negative and distorted thoughts and help you analyze whether or not your judgment is true and aligned with reality. If your views are not aligned with an accurate picture of reality, your therapist will give you the tools necessary to challenge your beliefs and replace them with realistic expectations. Once your belief system is transformed to accurately reflect reality, changes in your behavior will generally follow.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help with:
- Panic attacks
- Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance dependency
- Persistent pain
- Disordered eating
- Sexual issues
- Anger management issues
Again, most people with clearly defined behavioral and emotional concerns tend to reap the benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is much more than sitting and talking about whatever comes to mind during a session. Sessions are structured to ensure that the therapist and the person in treatment are focused on the goals of each session, which in turn ensures that each and every session is productive. If any of the above issues resonate with you, we encourage you to try CBT.
If you or someone you know would benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, please contact us today. We would be happy to speak with you about how we can help.
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