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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Explained

Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change the patterns of thinking that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way people feel. It is used to treat a wide range of issues in an individuals’ life, including sleeping difficulties, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse, and more.

The techniques that the therapist at Linda L Anderson MS uses work towards changing the patient’s attitude and their behavior by focusing on the images, thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs that are held and how these same processes relate to the way one behaves. This type of treatment tends to be short, taking five to ten months for most people to recover. Clients attend one session per week, each session lasts around 50 to 60 minutes. During this time, our therapist in Seattle, WA and clients work together to understand what the problem is and develop new strategies for tackling them.

CBT is a combination of psychotherapy and behavioral therapy as it emphasizes the importance of the personal meaning we place on things and how thinking patterns begin from our childhood while at the same time, it also pays close attention to the relationship between our problems, behavior, and thoughts. Our therapist in Seattle, WA customizes and personalizes her cognitive behavioral therapy sessions to the specific needs and personality of each person she works with.

CBT is one of the main methods marriage counselors use to approach couples who seek professional help to deal with miscommunication and other marital problems. This kind of therapy enables individuals to find and work through the underlying issues that are affecting their relationship with their spouse. Marriage counseling with the right counselor who knows how to use CBT to the advantage of the patient is a very effective step to improve your marriage and your relationship.

CBT helps people step outside their automatic negative thoughts and tests them out. It encourages patients to examine real-life experiences to see what happens to them, or to others, in similar situations. Negative things happen all the time. But when we are in a disturbed state of mind, we may be basing our interpretations on a biased view of the situation, making the difficulty that we face seem much worse. Let our therapist in Seattle, WA help you correct these misinterpretations. Call Linda L Anderson MS at (206) 782-7448 for advice. She will be happy to assist you.

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