All therapists at the Curry Psychology Group are experts in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an evidence-based method of therapy that has been proven to effectively treat a variety of mood and anxiety-based disorders as well as help people optimize their performance in high-demand sports, artistic and corporate settings.
All of us are prone to thinking errors or, what psychologists call “cognitive biases,” to some extent. CBT is helpful for anyone interested in identifying and challenging faulty automatic thinking so that they can clear the way to reaching their goals.
CBT begins with the understanding that our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are all inter‑connected. If we feel bad, our negative emotions can cause us to perceive events and think about situations less accurately than we would otherwise. We are more likely to make faulty, negative interpretations about ourselves, others and the world around us. These negative thinking patterns often become automatic and unnoticed by us, and they can shape our behavior in ways that create further problems in our lives, seeming to confirm the bad feelings with which we started.
CBT teaches clients to identify their automatic negative thoughts, assess whether their thinking accurately reflects the reality of a situation, and if not, to employ a variety of structured questioning techniques to challenge the thinking and replace it with a more helpful appraisal. Gaining insight into one’s cognitive and behavioral processes and learning to adapt them to be more helpful can take ongoing practice and completion of assignments outside of session, but many clients favor this technique as it is solution-focused and can require fewer sessions.
CBT can be effectively used with clients of all ages, and evidence supports its benefits for treating major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many others. Research has also shown that CBT can be effectively delivered online in addition to face-to-face sessions.