Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy used to treat many mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. CBT can help you to identify negative thought patterns that affect your feelings, behaviors, and view of the world. Once you identify these patterns, you can develop coping mechanisms to change the behaviors that stem from those thoughts.
Ashley Johnson, DO, and the treatment team at Colorado Recovery Solutions want you to know what CBT is and how it can help you cope with your mental health condition.
When you have depression or anxiety, you can often have negative thinking patterns such as seeing the world in black in white, overgeneralizing, or focusing on the negative and ignoring the positive. By zeroing in on what exact thoughts are causing you distress, you can start to adapt these ways of thinking and change your behavior.
Some of the strategies that CBT uses include the following:
Your provider may also encourage you to journal, role-play, try out relaxation techniques, and use mental distractions.
CBT is one of the most researched therapy approaches. Experts consider it one of the most helpful techniques for those struggling with mental health conditions– especially when used in combination with TMS, Ketamine infusion, Spravato(esketamine nasal spray), and medications when needed.
CBT can help you to develop better interpersonal relationships, form new habits, develop good coping skills, reduce stress, shift away from negative thinking, and help you learn how to express your feelings.
The ultimate goal of CBT is to teach you that even though you can’t control everything in your environment, you can control how you react to and think about the world around you.
If you’d like to learn more about CBT or think you’d benefit from this treatment approach, contact our offices located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Monument, Colorado to schedule an appointment so we can give you more information. You can do this by calling or using our online booking tool today.