Grand Rapids Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Counseling with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Grand Rapids, MI—Therapists

When you have stared down a difficult situation, have you ever said something like this to yourself… “I feel overwhelmed. There must not be a solution here.” Or what about… “I made an error at work; I can’t do anything right.” You are probably like most people in that these thoughts have popped into your head at one point or another. These are both examples of negative and untrue thinking patterns called cognitive distortions. Left unchecked, these thoughts can turn into actions. They can make a hard situation more difficult. They can even create a problem where none existed previously. But many people are fighting these cognitive distortions. They are working with a counselor and participating in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to identify these negative thought patterns and replacement before they lead to negative behaviors. In the process, these people are often finding how much power they have control their own feelings, thoughts, and actions.

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” —Stephen Covey

CBT often empower people to do what Stephen Covey says, to choose, response, and change. Many people want to make a positive change in their lives but do not know what their next steps might be. CBT often provides those next steps. CBT often involves people…

  • Learning just how much control they have to focus their thoughts, feelings, and actions on positive outcomes.
  • Working within a mutual relationship with a therapist. The therapist may be an expert on identifying negative thought patterns, but clients are experts on themselves.
  • Addressing a specific challenging they are facing in a way that is goal-oriented and practical.
  • Learning emotional and cognitive skills that they will use after CBT has ended.

Thriveworks Grand Rapids offers cognitive behavior therapy, and our counselors have walked with clients as they make hard but good changes within their thoughts, feelings, and actions.

The Problem of Cognitive Distortions

People’s thoughts, feelings, and actions are all intertwined, and so, a negative, untruth thought pattern can escalate and pose significant challenges within an individual’s life. Cognitive distortions are untrue and negative perspectives upon reality that can fuel negative emotions and poor choices. Cognitive behavior therapy, therefore, seeks to counteract these cognitive distortions, and the first step is often acknowledging and identifying them. All the cognitive distortions that plague people could never be listed, but a few examples include:

  • Overgeneralization can happen when people draw a universal principle from one experience. Just because something happens one time, does not mean it will happen again.
  • Emotional reasoning can happen when people equate their internal feelings with an external reality. Just because people feel a certain way, does not make it true. Many intelligent people feel dumb at some point in their lives.
  • Polarized or “black and white” thinking can happen when people engage in all-or-nothing thinking. People can make mistakes every day, but that does not make them incompetent.
  • Blaming can happen when people actively look for fault. They may accept too much responsibility or no responsibility.
  • Catastrophizing can happen when people anticipate the worst. A small detail that does not fall into place does not mean that everything will go wrong.
  • Control fallacy can happen when people feel totally out of control—everything happens because of luck or fate or the universe or a higher power. It can also happen when people take control when they should not—like when children think they caused their parents’ divorce.
  • Filtering can occur when people deny the reality of positive experiences and only acknowledge the negative. They filter out the good so that only the bad remains in their perspective.
  • Fallacy of fairness can occur when people compare themselves to others. They judge life by what others have/do not have.

How Could CBT Help?

The goal of cognitive behavior therapy is to replace these distortions with more accurate and positive thoughts about reality. One way that a counselor may help clients accomplish that end is through an exercised call the three-column technique. On a piece of paper, people draw three columns.

In the far-left column, they will record a situation and how they are thinking about it. For example, they may have been awake all night because of their insomnia, and they may think that they will not be able to sleep tonight either. In the middle column, people can name the cognitive distortion that is affecting their thinking. In this case, it is an overgeneralization—the inability to sleep one night does not mean an inability to sleep the next night. In the third column, people will write a true, positive thought response such as, “I will keep working at my sleep routine and doing what I can to help my body rest.”

CBT Counseling at Thriveworks Grand Rapids

Cognitive behavior therapy is a proven technique for a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to…

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Drug and/or alcohol addiction
  • Mood swings
  • General health issues
  • Anxiety
  • Self-destructive habits
  • Anger management
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Self-mutilation
  • Child and adolescent issues
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Relationship issues

If you want to try cognitive behavior therapy for a particular challenge in your life, Thriveworks Grand Rapids has appointments available. When you contact our office, you may have your first session within 24 hours. We also accept most insurance plans.

If it is time for a positive change in your life, consider working with Thriveworks Grand Rapids. Call us today.

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Angel

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Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
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So Thankful

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Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
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Denise-NP

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My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
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Denise Skonieczny NP

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I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
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Wonderful

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I am so pleased with my therapist, Lori. She does an outstanding job. When I read her specialties online I knew I had the right person, but when I met her for the first time I was convinced. I’ve raved about her to numerous people and have recommended Thriveworks a few times to people I know - everyone could use a Lori in their lives to help sort things out. The old adage comes to mind: “if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.” I am learning the skills to live and navigate life circumstances. I am calmer, happier and better off than I was when I first walked through the door. I’ve been given a gift and I am most grateful for all her help.
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No compassion

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I saw Nancy. I specifically asked for someone who SPECIALIZES in domestic abuse. I am in an abusive relationship and she kept telling me "it's your choice to stay." She always questioned why I felt things or did things, like I should have this all figured out. I'm seeking therapy because I feel like I cannot leave and I know that's not a good thing. She had no compassion for what I have been through and just said it's my choice. No addressing the pain I've been through and how I have been affected by this. I feel like I can't leave because I feel like I would fall apart if I left, but I feel like I'm dying inside the relationship. This is a whole process that occurs over a long period of time. I have no self esteem, I have tried to leave and there are so many threats and manipulation, etc. I get shit from everyone about leaving, like its as simple as that for me. I wanted compassion from a counselor. I needed validation of my feelings, not another person telling me that I choose to live like this, like I want my life to be a living hell. I realize that I do make this choice ultimately, but there is so much more to this situation and I needed to process it. I am a doormat to everyone and she just asks why I do this. I NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHY and how to change! Her tone and questioning made me feel like she was being judgemental. She is a nice person, but she is not therapeutic. I couldn't move on with her after this. It felt like she was invalidating my feelings just like the rest of the world, like nothing I feel is real and I'm crazy. I shut down. I got a letter about being non compliant, that's why. It was no longer a priority for me to go and get treated like that. She never tried to help me process my feelings, just to say positive phrases to myself and eat healthy and exercise. This stuff is good, but doesn't help me deal with the things I have been through.
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Awesome!

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I have nothing but good things to say about my therapy with Lori. I was hesitant to begin a therapy regimine without knowing anything about the therapist. After the first session I knew I had found the right person. Lori is so adept at pinpointing the problems and gives very useful ideas of how to handle them. She is very personable and easy to talk with. I will miss these sessions but I have the confidence to know I have the tools to deal with whatever comes my way. I am a much happier person!
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All is well!

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All is well!
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Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions

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Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions with my son!
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My therapist is amazing

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My therapist is amazing she listens to everything I say she is very nice and kind I would recommend her to anybody that needs help i am so blessed to have her
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Good grasp of my problem.

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Good grasp of my problem.
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Very professional

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Very professional. Counselor is engaging and helpful.
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I actually did not get to

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I actually did not get to bring in my daughters due to a personal issue, but when I spoke with their therapist over the phone she was very helpful and although she isn’t my therapist she talked to me about my issue and helped me calm down preventing a panic attack that was starting. I am very thankful to her and will be rescheduling my daughters to see her.
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Everything was great.

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Everything was great. Alot of information given
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I look forward to

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I look forward to working with Jason.
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Lori is amazing.

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Lori is amazing. Relatable, fluid conversation. Going back next week!
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Amazing availability

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The therapists availability is amazing. The scheduling was smooth as well as paperwork. Thank you!
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Work Wonders

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I've had one lesson so far and I can already tell that this place is going to work wonders.
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Enjoyed

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I enjoyed having my visit at your location.
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Highly Satisfied

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My meetings with my therapist were thought provoking but humorous. We clicked together the first time I met her ten years ago. As she moves on, I know that I am able to move forward also.
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Integrity!

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Grand Rapids is an awesome place, filled with caring employees and overflowing with integrity. You can be sure that you are in good hands, and will see great changes in your life after a few sessions with these counselors.
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Wonderful

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is wonderful - the office is beautiful, the therapists are amazing and everyone makes you feel so comfortable. Thank you, thank you!
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Great Therapy!

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You won't find a better therapist than Olja Haglund! She moved here recently from another practice where I originally was her patient and I "moved" here with her. If you are looking for a therapist who will give you what you need, not what you want, look no further....I highly recommend and the professionals who work here!
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