What is CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
The branch of CBT we find most effective is Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) which is an action-oriented psychotherapy that teaches individuals to identify, challenge, and replace their self-defeating thoughts with healthier beliefs that promote emotional well-being and goal achievement. REBT stresses unconditional self-acceptance and teaches that people, for the most part, create their own problems because of their inability to accept themselves or the world around them.
Change: An Educational Process
Cognitive Change works with clients using an educational process in which the therapist teaches the client how to identify irrational and self-defeating thoughts and beliefs. The client learns to question and dispute thoughts that are rigid and illogical, and replace them with more rational and self-helping ones. By using different cognitive and behavioral methods, the client gains a more balanced and constructive way of thinking and behaving. Since the educational process teaches life skills, and not merely make-do solutions, change is often long-lasting and permanent.
Quieting “the Critic”
Cognitive Change helps clients quiet the “critic” in their head who tells them what they should have done, and what’s wrong with them for not doing it. Our therapy helps clients realize that whenever unpleasant events occur, they have a choice of making themselves feel sorry, disappointed, frustrated, and annoyed. By attaining a more self-constructive view of themselves, others and the world, our clients are more likely to emote in healthier and more life-serving ways. If a client is motivated to change, consistently attends sessions and does homework assigned, significant results can occur.
Call for a Free Phone Consultation
Cognitive Change offers free phone consultations, so please contact us today to discuss the mode of therapy that fits your needs.