Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Collaborative Behavioral Health

Psychological Counseling and Testing Center located in Skokie, IL

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been around since the 1960s. Psychologists initially used it to treat depression, but soon found it beneficial to several mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, anxiety, phobias, and schizophrenia. Collaborative Behavioral Health, with offices in Skokie, Illinois, has providers trained in cognitive behavioral therapy. Schedule a consultation today by calling the practice or using the online booking tool.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a solutions-based form of psychotherapy that interrogates someone’s thoughts and beliefs about a particular event or set of circumstances. It aims to modify any negative thinking and behaviors so the patient no longer has a dysfunctional view of the situation and can move on.

Typically, cognitive behavioral therapy ranges from between five and 20 sessions, and your therapist at Collaborative Behavioral Health talks with you about how many they think you need.  

When is cognitive behavioral therapy used?

CBT is the preferred course of action when addressing emotional challenges. It’s structured and so takes fewer sessions than other types of treatment. Therapists use it to treat a range of issues, including:

  • Identifying ways to manage emotions
  • Coping with loss and grief
  • Dealing with a medical illness
  • Managing chronic physical pain
  • Controlling symptoms of a mental illness
  • Preventing a relapse of mental illness symptoms
  • Learning techniques to cope with stress
  • Overcoming emotional trauma
  • Learning how to communicate better

 

If you’re going through a traumatic life event, you don’t have to do it alone. A therapist at Collaborative Behavioral Health will work with you to help you see success from cognitive behavioral therapy.

What happens during cognitive behavioral therapy?

Throughout your therapy sessions, the team at Collaborative Behavioral Health helps you to do the following:

Identify troubling situations

Together, you spend time identifying areas causing intense feelings, which may be themes such as grief, divorce, anger, a medical condition, and family relationships or situations.

Isolate emotions and feelings

You dig further to uncover perceptions, emotions, and beliefs around these events. You talk about how you interpret your feelings, what you tell yourself, and how you think about yourself and the people involved. 

Identify negative thinking

The next step is for you to pay close attention to how you respond to a range of situations to better understand your patterns of behavior. 

Reshape negative behavior

The final step is the hardest and asks you to take a step back and decide whether your emotions and actions stem from fact or your interpretation of the truth. This part takes the longest but is also the most powerful.

CBT is successful in uncovering deep-rooted feelings that have a detrimental effect on your well-being. Your provider at Collaborative Behavioral Health is there to help you explore these motivations and beliefs to help you reach closure and clarity. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.