Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is often referred to as the “Gold Standard” of therapy treatments. CBT works by helping clients understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors creating a plan to manage the difficulties that arise when our negative thoughts influence how we view ourselves and others. It aims to help individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that may be causing them distress or interfering with their daily life. CBT utilizes psycho-education, talk therapy, and coping strategies that adapt to your unique needs. We offer CBT in Orlando Florida and virtually throughout the state of Florida.

What does CBT Treat?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been studied and shown to be effective with the following populations.

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Sleep Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Physical Pain Disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Interpersonal Relationships

  • Family systems

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Persistent Depressive Disorder

  • Panic Disorder

  • Agoraphobia

What are the Pros and Cons of CBT?

The Pros of CBT

  • Concepts can be learned quickly and there are lots of resources, books, podcasts, and blogs related to CBT.

  • CBT has been studied in multiple populations and has numerous peer reviewed studies about the effectiveness.

  • CBT can be used with children, teens, young adults, and the older adult community.

  • Strategies can be very straightforward and aligned to your current needs.

The Cons of CBT

  • There have been many criticisms of CBT by the LGBT and BIPOC community. Some of these criticisms include challenging “negative thoughts” with positive ones.

  • For many people our experiences and circumstances are a result of systemic oppression, racism, xenophobia, sexism, class system, and homophobia. The thoughts related to the systems we are all a part of can not be changed by the individual and it can be demeaning or even disrespectful to do so.

  • CBT can lead to feeling invalidated on clients experiences and the beliefs systems that arise from lived experience.

CBT can be an effective treatment for many mental health diagnoses such as Anxiety, Depression, Phobias, OCD, and PTSD. When meeting with your therapist we recommend discussing the impact CBT may have on your lived experience especially if you identify as a part of the LGBT or BIPOC community. We are trained in CBT however often use a Trauma informed and holistic approach to therapy unless requested by the client. We always honor your lived experience over all. If you are not comfortable with participating in CBT that is understandable and we recommend taking a look at our other treatment options.

Our therapists have extensive training in CBT and can help you to get support for your anxiety and depression. We offer convenient therapy settings virtually or in person in Orlando Florida. Schedule your appointment with one of our mindful and expert therapists today.

“You have considerable power to construct self-helping thoughts, feelings and actions as well as to construct self-defeating behaviors. You have the ability, if you use it, to choose healthy instead of unhealthy thinking, feeling and acting.”

Albert Ellis