Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treating Anxiety Disorders
Sep 14, 2017
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a structured form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying negative patterns of thinking, which are known to contribute to anxiety disorders. Working with a therapist over multiple sessions, clients learn to identify these negative thoughts and to replace them with more positive, adaptive ones. By acquiring healthier and more realistic ways of thinking, clients can learn how to better confront anxiety provoking situations and respond more effectively.
There are many types of negative thinking that CBT can help to identify and overcome. Some common patterns include:
- Filtering: Remembering only the negative aspects of an experience and forgetting the positive
- Catastrophizing: Always assuming the worst is going to happen
- Shoulds: Having rigid rules about how we and other people should behave
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help with these and many other unrealistic and harmful kinds of thoughts.
Many studies have shown that CBT is beneficial for anxiety disorders on its own or when used in combination with medication. In fact, it teaches techniques of coping with stress and anxiety that can result in better long-term outcomes than relying on medication alone.
Like other types of psychotherapy, change does not happen overnight and it can take considerable time to see results. CBT is more likely to benefit those who are open to discussing their thoughts and feelings, willing to persevere with their treatment plan and committed to doing the homework their therapist may assign.
If you struggle with anxiety and negative thinking, cognitive behavioral therapy can benefit you greatly. Please contact us to learn more about CBT and to find out if it is an appropriate treatment for you.
Tags: Anxiety Therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, CBT, Treating Anxiety Disorders, Anxiety Disorders
Category: Anxiety Therapy