Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is based on the idea that the way we perceive a situation influences the way we feel emotionally.
I have found cognitive behavioral therapy to be very successful in helping my clients explore their patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions. Once they are able to identify these patterns, together we begin to explore how to modify their behaviors in order to improve the way they cope with the disappointments of life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, unlike other forms of psychotherapy, is very focused on the present, and it works for those seeking solutions. Clients learn specific skills they are able to use in almost any situation for the rest of their lives. These skills typically involve noticing distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others differently, and changing behaviors.
When people are struggling, they become overwhelmed with emotion, which changes their perspective. During this time, they have thoughts that are often inaccurate and unrealistic. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps these people identify their distressing thoughts and notice the harm the thoughts are causing. This awareness gives the individuals the ability to change their thinking. When they are able to step away from the emotion of the thoughts and see them for what they are (simply just thoughts), they begin to feel better, because the thoughts are no longer controlling them. The emphasis of this method of therapy is solving problems and beginning to change behaviors.
It is never the situation that is causing us pain, but how we feel emotionally toward the situation. We can’t change how we feel, but we can change the way we think and, therefore, react. My job is to help you notice that there is a space between a thought and a reaction. Once you begin to have an overall awareness of your patterns of thinking, you will have the ability to pause after an impulse before you respond. It is here that you will find the answers, the breath, the energy, and the peace you need and deserve. Everything is in the stillness! You will then be able to gather the strength you need to follow up with a healthy response to the distressing issue. The more you respond with awareness, the more positive change you will see happening in your life.
If your patterns of thinking are controlling you and causing you more pain, cognitive behavioral therapy can help you find the clarity you need. Contact me today to schedule an appointment in my Longmont, Colorado, office.