I am a cognitive behavioral therapist. A simple explanation is: "what we think [cognitions] and the meaning we place on things is how we act [behavior]" Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy found scientifically to be highly effective for depression, anxiety, self esteem issues, decision making and many other types of challenges that life presents to each of us.
We live in a complex world. The good news is that it's totally normal to become psychologically disturbed. It is absolutely possible to recover. Change has already started once the first appointment is made.
Embarking on a course to change thinking that has not served you well and putting new ideas in place can be daunting. Building a relationship of truth and unconditional acceptance between myself and my client is essential to tackle these changes. My goal is to support and encourage you every step of the journey.
This is how the process works:
- We come up with a plan
- We pinpoint the problems you want to tackle
- We discuss how your feelings are linked to your behavior
- We start practicing key techniques or skills to start the process of change
- We develop strategies to conquer whatever the challenges are
Cognitive Behavior Therapy - easy as A-B-C
- A is for activating events, or triggers, which are situations past, present, or future that trigger off your thoughts and beliefs.
- B stands for belief. It represents your thoughts and beliefs, and includes the meanings you attach to your trigger and how you think about yourself in relation to the trigger. Your "B" determines how you ultimately feel and act in response to your trigger.
- C is for consequences of your behaviors and emotions. They are what you do and feel in response to your trigger (A) because of your thoughts and beliefs (B).
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