In Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), my clients learn to recognize and change faulty or self-defeating thinking patterns. It is based on recognizing that it is our thinking that causes us to feel or act the way we do. Once we understand that our moods, stresses, and problem behaviors derive from our views of ourselves and the world, we can live a healthier and more satisfying life.
CBT is usually a brief form of therapy. We identify the problem(s) as you experience them, and then seek out the perceptions or “distorted thinking” you may have picked up in the course of life that cause them. It is usually helpful -- but not absolutely necessary -- to figure out where these thinking patterns came from (e.g., childhood history, family issues, life-changing events). CBT therapists work with what’s going on now in your life, so you can alter the maladaptive patterns that hurt you and perhaps your relationships as well.
Much of the CBT work is educational, in terms of how our behavior, thoughts, and feelings intertwine. By learning to separate them out a bit, it’s easier to see a cause-effect pattern. This gives you the opportunity to change the things in your life that you want to change, not by the magic of a therapist but by your own greater understanding and intentional change.