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Cognitive behavioral therapy

As a form of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective approach for treating a number of mental health conditions disorders such as anxiety, panic, depression, addiction issues, and eating disorders. While cognitive behavioral therapy is a useful form of treatment on its own, it can also be used in combination with other treatments if needed. With the right approach, cognitive behavioral therapy can help patients lead a more productive, higher quality life.

How cognitive behavioral therapy works

CBT can take place in both individual and group therapy settings. The main goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is to help you identify patterns of negative thoughts or actions, with the intent of replacing those negative patterns with positive patterns to create a healthier, more positive life.

In your initial sessions with your Geode therapist, you’ll be encouraged to be open and honest with your feelings. The purpose is to uncover exactly what brings about negative thoughts and emotions. To help you focus on the positive steps you need to take to get better, cognitive behavioral therapy sessions work on a goal-oriented basis. Your Geode therapist may assign homework, tasks, journaling, or other activities to help build upon or reinforce what you covered during your therapy sessions together.

In simple terms, the goals of CBT can be broken down as follows:

  • Identify the conditions and/or situations in your life that create negativity

  • Establish awareness of the thoughts you have around those conditions

  • Identify the negative thinking that accompanies those conditions

  • Reshape negative thinking so you can approach those situations more clearly

Not every instance of cognitive behavioral therapy will employ all of these tactics. The end goal is to help you change your behavioral patterns and tendencies from negative to positive. You and your Geode therapist will work together to create the best treatment plan and environment for you.

What can cognitive behavioral therapy treat?

Daily stressors & challenges

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people overcome a number of challenging emotional issues, such as:

  • Dealing with grief or loss

  • Overcoming trauma from abuse

  • Coping with medical issues

  • Coping with mental health issues

  • Managing chronic pain

  • Resolution of relationship issues

Cognitive behavioral therapy can also be useful when dealing with the normal stress of day-to-day life and help you manage your emotions better.

How long does CBT last?

The length of time spent in this type of therapy is highly dependent on every individual’s specific needs and situation. In most cases, cognitive behavioral therapy is considered a short-term therapy with a typical course ranging from 12-24 weeks.

Factors that can influence how long cognitive behavioral therapy lasts include:

  • How quickly you make positive progress

  • How long you’ve had your symptoms

  • The exact disorder being treated

  • How severe your symptoms are

Cognitive behavioral therapy at Geode Health

If you’re in need of mental health services, trust the experts at Geode Health to provide you or your loved ones with professional, caring mental health services. For more information about our full range of services, please contact one of our Geode Health locations, or book an appointment online if you’re ready to get started.

If you are in crisis and in need of immediate support

Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or text the Crisis Text Line by texting HELLO to 741741