Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 101
Jan 22, 2020
As more and more Americans search for mental health help for themselves or their loved ones, they are often confronted by the idea of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which is a common type of talk therapy. Many therapists are recommending it to patients as a way of treating a wide range of issues. Structurally talking through these issues can help people identify and cope with the changes in their life and hopefully address those emotional challenges so they can move on.
What are some reasons someone might search for CBT as a treatment?
- To manage or prevent mental illness symptoms
- Develop techniques for coping with stressful situations
- Manage emotions or chronic physical symptoms
- Resolve relationship conflicts and learning ways to communicate better
- Cope with grief or loss and overcome a trauma
How do you start receiving CBT?
- Find a therapist by either getting a referral from your doctor or contacting your health insurance. A simple online search or asking some friends could help as well with finding someone in your area who is trustworthy.
- Figure out how to afford the treatment with either health insurance or paying out of pocket. Some therapists offer sliding scale costs (they can choose to charge each patient an individual fee based on their circumstances).
- Before going to your first appointment, make a list of issues you are struggling with what you believe the therapist can help you through. There are hundreds of reasons someone would need to seek therapy, so no problem is too small for help.
After a few sessions, you might be encouraged to share some of your concerns and lessons with the people closest in your life. Friends and family can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to seeking help for mental health.
For more information on cognitive behavioral therapy or other counseling practices, contact
us, and we can help start your new path.