What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

There are many different types of therapy out there, and sometimes you have to look around a bit to find the one that will help you the most. Cognitive behavioral therapy, an important part of treatment at Wasatch Crest, is one type of therapy that many patients have found success with.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

The main principle behind cognitive behavioral therapy is that your thinking patterns can lead to psychological and behavioral problems. Therefore, if you can change your thinking patterns, you can have a positive change in your quality of life.

Cognitive behavioral therapy deals with

• Unhelpful, negative, or faulty ways of thinking

• Learned patterns of unhelpful or unhealthy behavior

• Learning better ways to cope with problems, such as learning problem-solving skills

• Learning how to recognize distortions in thinking that can create problems and learning how to re-evaluate these distortions

• Developing confidence in your own abilities

• Facing fears

• Understanding others’ behavior and motivation and learning how to interact with others

• Learning how to calm the mind

A cognitive behavioral therapist will work with you to find which techniques would serve you best, with one of the goals being that you leave therapy with the tools to be your own therapist – to stop unhealthy thoughts before they can get started. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven to be a successful way to deal with eating disorders, severe mental illness, alcohol and drug use issues, depression, PTSD, and anxiety disorders.

For all the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy, it is important to keep in mind that it is not the right kind of therapy for everyone. And, change doesn’t happen overnight – thinking patterns that have been ingrained for years won’t just be altered after a few sessions. It takes constant work, even after the therapy sessions are over, but the results can definitely be worth it!

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven to produce positive change, and it may just be able to change your life, too. Let the staff at Wasatch Crest help you with cognitive behavioral therapy or help you to find the therapy that is right for you. Call Wasatch Crest in Heber, Utah, at (800) 385-3507.

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