Thoughts, feelings and behaviors impact on one another. Change a thought, and feelings and behaviors change. Change a behavior and feelings and thoughts change. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) seeks to identify irrational thinking patterns and replace them with new, more functional thought patterns. Negative self talk is rescripted into positive affirmations, cognitive disputations or positive reframing and often a more positive, objective and compassionate view of events leads to better results. Obsessive thoughts or excessive worry thoughts can be managed, limited and controlled. A daily thought journal can be used to track and change negative thinking. Avoident behaviors are reshaped by taking one small step at a time. A proven solution such as Systematic De-Sensitization helps one to conquer their phobia by taking small calculated successful steps and building upon that success step by step. Facing your fear or Exposure Therapy is also a highly successful method for conquering your phobias. All in all, CBT has been shown to be highly effective in treating anxiety and stress in a relatively short period of time. Research has shown that CBT is often equal to or superior to medication by itself.
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