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A Useful Therapy Approach

A new buzz word in the mental health community is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a general term for a classification of therapies with similarities. Various approaches include Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

In short, CBT is a form of treatment focusing on the relationship between feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Used for role play with children, as therapy for traumatized patients with suicidal self-directed violence, for posttraumatic stress disorder, dealing with deprivation in weight loss and maintenance, as therapy for adolescents, for anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and obsessive compulsive disorders, this form of psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of how we feel and what we do. Pioneered by Dr. Aaron T. Beck in the early 1960s, thoughts that arise spontaneously in patients are “automatic thoughts” (cognitions). Dr. Beck placed these thoughts into three categories: negative thoughts about themselves, about the world, and/or the future.

CBT, a problem focused, goal oriented therapy provides patients with the strategies to evaluate their thinking and manage their behaviors. A willingness to talk, to be open and honest, and to share emotions, thoughts, and feelings is required. At Improving Lives Counseling Services our trained Cognitive Therapists, Behavior Therapists, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists provide individual, family, and group sessions in a safe, comfortable environment. Lengths of sessions, goals, and treatment plans are designed to meet specific needs.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been found to be a useful tool in integrative medicine. Improving Lives Counseling Services provides the services required in this new approach, to optimize healing-oriented patient care with a focus on mind, body, spirit, and well-being. At Improving Lives Counseling Services, we realize good medicine is based on good science. Our staff of medical professionals are dedicated to self-exploration and development. A therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient is guaranteed. The time has come to live the life you deserve to live. Call Improving Lives Counseling Services today. You’ll be amazed at the possibilities.