What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the preferred techniques to treat depression and anxiety, but can also be effective in treating a variety of other issues. It is based on the idea that negative feelings are the result of distorted beliefs or thought patterns. Treatment focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Using a combination of behavioral and cognitive principles, this approach challenges unhelpful thinking and behavioral patterns to resolve current problems. 

 

CBT for Depression: 

At the foundation of CBT is the assumption that your depressed mood is related to your pattern of thinking. CBT helps you to recognize negative and dysfunctional thoughts, evaluate their validity and replace them with healthier ways of thinking in order to improve mood, behavior and your sense of self.

 

CBT for Anxiety:

CBT can help uncover underlying causes of worries and fears that cause anxiety. By changing negative thought patterns, you can learn different ways of coping and problem-solving; look at situations in new and less frightening ways; and increase relaxation in order to overcome anxiety.

 

CBT for Maternal Distress:  

CBT is considered to be one of the most effective methods for mothers struggling with perinatal distress. CBT helps you to identify and acknowledge automatic thoughts, including your thoughts about parenting and motherhood; become aware of these thoughts; and evaluate when they are helpful or not helpful.  CBT provides tangible tools that you can adopt immediately to help you to change your thinking and manage your emotional distress. CBT also offers individualized treatment plans to develop personal coping strategies so that you feel better equipped to manage distress and take care of your baby. 

 

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