Millions of Americans suffer from mental health disorders like depression and anxiety that affect the quality of their lives. If you suffer from a mental health disorder or have certain behaviors that you want to change, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a direct and practical type of psychotherapy that can help you achieve your goals. At Queens Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Psychology, PLLC, Benjamin Grysman, PhD, specializes in using CBT to treat a wide range of disorders that his patients in Kew Gardens Hills in Flushing, New York, deal with on a daily basis. Book your appointment and calling the office or using the online scheduling tool today.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that effectively treats a wide range of mental health disorders and behavioral problems. It also benefits patients who’re looking for coping skills to manage stressful life situations.
CBT emphasizes the interplay between your thoughts and resulting emotions and behaviors. For example, if you’ve suffered a traumatic event that results in anxiety, you’re likely stuck in a continuous loop of negativity that feeds into your daily mood and actions.
CBT uses a goal-oriented approach to address these negative thoughts and change them. During your therapy sessions, you first learn to identify stressful situations in your life and become aware of the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors you associate with these situations.
Once you’ve identified the negative problems and associated thoughts that affect you, you begin to replace them with more positive ones.
Changing your thought and behavioral patterns use strategies that include facing your fears instead of avoiding them, using role-play to anticipate problematic situations and learn how to deal with them, and learning to calm your physical reaction to negative situations.
It may be difficult at first but, with practice, healthier thought patterns become a habit rather than something you actively work for.
CBT effectively treats a range of issues. It’s a popular mode of psychotherapy because, once you identify your areas of concern, this goal-oriented therapy helps resolve your challenges and gets results.
CBT is used to help emotional challenges, like:
CBT is also used to treat a wide range of mental health disorders, like:
For many patients, the practice suggests a combination of CBT and medication as a two-pronged approach to treatment. They coordinate your treatment with a psychiatrist in your area.
To learn more about how CBT can benefit you, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation today.