Julia is in a downward spiral. Her and Tony, her boyfriend of three years, just decided to call it quits, and she’s having a hard time facing her new reality without him. She calls out of work and plops herself on the couch. “Of course this relationship didn’t work out.” “I can’t believe I thought we’d get married. What was I thinking?” “I’ll never find the right person.” “Why would anyone want to marry me? I’m worthless.” Julia ignores phone calls and pleas from her friends and family to talk to them. She scrolls through her Facebook, looking at all of the photos and memories. Julia is still in a funk a few days later and hasn’t been to work or talked to her loved ones.
This is a perfect example of how we let our negative thoughts run rampant and steer the direction of our lives! Breakups are rarely easy, but Julia certainly didn’t help her case. Instead, she made it worse by engaging in negative thinking patterns. Many of us have been there: Something bad or crappy happens and we launch into all of the cognitive distortions. We think negative thoughts, which control our actions and our reality.
“Cognitive therapy seeks to alleviate psychological stresses by correcting faulty conceptions and self-signals. By correcting erroneous beliefs we can lower excessive reactions.” –Aaron Beck
Don’t worry. If you commonly self-destruct with negative thoughts, cognitive behavioral therapy at Thriveworks in West Hartford, CT can help you! You can learn to identify your negative thinking patterns and replace them with positive thinking. As a result, you will find greater happiness and success in virtually every area of your life. And you’ll even be equipped to help other people in your life do the same. If you think you could find value in cognitive behavioral therapy, call our office today. You can reach us at (860) 553-3374.
How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Work? Can CBT Help Me?
We all know that it’s easy to let the negative thoughts take over. It’s automatic! But putting in a little extra effort to identify and correct these negative thoughts can go a long way. And the good news is that a cognitive behavioral therapist at Thriveworks Counseling is available to help you master this process. In doing so, they can help you manage or work through important challenges, including:
- Depression, anxiety or another mental illness
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Grieving the loss of a loved one
- Feelings of loneliness
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
- Career success and personal growth
This list doesn’t actually end here. The truth is that cognitive behavioral therapy helps people work through a wide range of challenges by simply showing them how to engage in more positive thinking. Consider working with a cognitive behavioral therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in West Hartford.
What Techniques are Used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy varies on a case by case basis, as every individual is different and brings unique needs to the table. That said, your Thriveworks cognitive behavioral therapist will get to know your specific challenges and then guide you toward success in changing your thinking patterns related to the identified problem.
A common technique used in cognitive behavioral therapy is the three-column technique. First, the client will fold a piece of paper into three columns. Then, with the help of their therapist, they’ll write down their negative thoughts in the first column, their cognitive distortion in the second column, and a more positive thought in the third column. For example:
- Negative thought: “I’m going to bomb this test.”
- Distortion: Fortune telling
- Positive thought: “I studied hard for this test. I’ll do the best that I can!”
If you think that a West Hartford cognitive behavioral therapist could help you live better thought correcting your negative thinking, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling today.
Schedule Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Thriveworks West Hartford Today
Guess what! You can schedule a cognitive behavioral therapy appointment right now. Even better, you could meet your cognitive behavioral therapist as soon as today or tomorrow. Thriveworks offers next-day appointments as well as evening and weekend sessions to best accommodate the Hartford community.
We’re confident that cognitive behavioral therapy could help you live better. If you’re ready to schedule your cognitive behavioral therapy appointment, give Thriveworks in West Hartford a call at (860) 553-3374.