Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) refers to the connections between thoughts, emotions and behaviors. There are many CBT approaches which are widely used for the treatment of depression, anxiety, stress, low self esteem, shyness, insomnia, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and more. At Mindfulness Therapy Associates, we mindfulness-based observing skills to help a client to understand and observe how thoughts create emotions. Studying the connection between thoughts and emotions is highly effective in reducing depression and anxiety. Working with thought patterns in a validating and empathic way can also help to eliminate destructive and/or ineffective behaviors that can be the consequences of those states. CBT helps clients to unlearn old thinking and behavior patterns and replace them with more realistic and constructive ones.
At Mindfulness Therapy Associates, CBT emphasizes a relationship with the therapist is collaborative, validating and problem focused. CBT approaches are “evidence (research) based.” For more information about CBT please see: www.nacbt.org/whatiscbt.htm