Cognitive Behavioral Therapists in South Charlotte, NC—Ballantyne and Arboretum Area Psychologists
You have probably heard the phrase that begins, “When life gives you lemons…” but you also may have found that “making lemonade” is much easier said than done. So, if we aspire to make the most of our situations, what gets in the way of doing so? And most importantly, what can be done?
Conceptualizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
According to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), it is the way in which we process life events and our circumstances that determine our emotions and behaviors rather than the events or circumstances themselves. Therefore, negative and distorted thoughts are what ultimately lead to emotions and behaviors that have an adverse effect on our lives. To illustrate this concept, have you ever started an argument with a loved one to later find out the whole thing was a misunderstanding? Explained from a CBT perspective, by making assumptions (i.e. false cognitions), anger, frustration, and/or defensiveness (i.e. adverse emotions) resulted, prompting an argument (i.e. adverse behavior), leading to potentially destructive outcomes.
CBT in Practice
After taking time to understand the unique concerns, needs, strengths, and goals of each client, clients are taught how to use CBT. The counselor and the client then work together to identify flawed thinking, emotions, beliefs, and behaviors that may be self-defeating. With an increased self-awareness, clients learn how to reshape more accurate and constructive thoughts and beliefs, thereby allowing for emotions and behaviors conducive to well-being. Furthermore, CBT can be applied to help clients adapt and be prepared to cope with perceived challenges of the future.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Uses
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically-based, solution-focused form of counseling. CBT techniques can be used to improve overall quality of life for individuals who simply need help overcoming everyday obstacles, as well as improve symptoms for a wide variety of mental health illnesses including:
- Sleep disorders
- Eating disorders (binge eating, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- Relationship problems
- Adjustment disorders
- Mood disorders
Don’t let distorted thoughts prevent you from living a happy, wholesome life. Book your appointment with a Thriveworks Charlotte counselor today.