Feelings are often based on

perceptions rather than reality

How often do you look back on a negative experience and realize that you made a mountain out of a molehill? Our minds react to our past – inserting it into our present.

However, the only reality is what’s happening right now.

When we can think more realistically, we tend to feel better. Your mood is directly related to your patterns of thought. As such, negative or dysfunctional thinking directly affects your mood … as well as your behavior, sense of self and physical condition. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps you to identify your distressing thoughts and evaluate how realistic and helpful they are.

How often does your mind’s autopilot turn to negative thoughts?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. These negative thoughts can have a critical influence on mood.

Through CBT, these thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective, realistic thoughts.

Cognitive-behavior therapy can be effectively used as a short-term treatment centered on helping people with a very specific problem and teaching them to get into the present moment.

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

At Heavenly Counseling, we use the proven, effective, evidence-based treatments of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

CBT in a nutshell is a form of counseling that allows you to challenge your negative thinking pattern with the guidance of a professional counselor. We use a series of techniques ranging from thought-stopping tools to proven breathing exercises.

The most important part of the process requires you to be as transparent as possible. The more you are honest with yourself and me, the more you can achieve with the CBT counseling process.

CBT is one of the fastest ways to get you out of your mind and into your heart.

What can be treated with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions.

CBT is used to treat a wide range of conditions including:

  • Addictions
  • Anger issues
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Panic attacks
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Problems with stress

 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a popular treatment for mental health issues. It has been clinically proven to work, so you can feel confident about your decision!

I will help you to identify and examine your negative thoughts so that they don’t take hold. You’ll be able to present these challenges in a more productive way, with confidence!

During a session, I’ll listen to your thoughts and beliefs with an open mind. We’ll explore the roots of those patterns in order for you find more productive ways around them!

CBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression. Cognitive therapy works by helping individuals identify their thought patterns, understand how those thoughts affect emotions or behaviors (e.g., feeling like events won’t go well).

From there, we then are able to replace negative beliefs with more positive ones through practical exercises such as writing down all the things one is grateful for each day). This process helps people see beyond what’s “wrong” with them–and find solutions that work best for THEM!

How will the process of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy look and sound like when you offer it to me?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT for short, is a type of psychotherapy that has been found to be very effective in the treatment of many mental health disorders. It is a collaborative effort between therapist and client, with the therapist helping the client to identify and change patterns of thinking that are contributing to their problems. The goal is to help the client develop more helpful ways of thinking which will in turn lead to improved moods and behavior. When we first look at CBT, we have to figure out the source of negative thinking patterns. This process involves you, the client, taking accurate notes of your daily activities. Without providing a dissertation, I will soon learn more about how you think – and respond to your unique challenges accordingly.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a collaborative process between therapist and client, with the CBT therapist helping the client to identify and change patterns of thinking that are contributing to their problems. CBT is rooted in the premise that our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are all connected and influence one another. CBT helps us recognize how unhelpful or maladaptive thinking can be impacting our lives, leading to unhealthy behavioral patterns.

The CBT process begins with an initial assessment where the therapist gathers information about you and your current situation. This is followed by developing a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.

The CBT therapist will then guide you through the entire process, which involves discussing your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and experiences related to the problem areas being addressed. We’ll also look at how these things have been influencing each other in order to gain a better understanding of what contributes to your difficulties.

The CBT therapist will then help you explore different ways of thinking about yourself and life events as well as how this affects your emotions and behavior. They’ll also provide tools for managing difficult emotions such as anxiety or depression as well as help you develop skills for dealing with stress more effectively and strengthening relationships with others. Finally, the CBT therapist will work with you on setting goals for yourself that will be realistic but challenging enough that you can learn new skills from reaching them.

How effective is Cognitive behavioral therapy?

This form of therapy is an evidenced based form of therapy that has enough history of success that makes it highly credible.

Will CBT actually work for me?

There are certainly no guarantees in life. However, the odds are in your favor.

How long will it take for CBT to work?

Every person is unique. Most clients are able to complete the therapy treatment within 24 sessions. It may be less. It might be more. It all really depends on how receptive you are to the treatment.

Do I have to journal?

You don’t have to journal. It would be best if you journaled because you can journal your thoughts (negative and positive). By completing this step, we have more information to gain more traction in the therapeutic process.

Does CBT have thought stopping techniques?

I am glad you asked. Yes, thought-stopping techniques are one of many important tools that are taught during CBT therapy.

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    Heavenly Counseling, PLLC
    “Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person of understanding draws it out.” -Proverbs 20:5

    972-829-6525

    2201 Spinks Road , Suite 118
    Flower Mound, TX 75022