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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Chicago

Are you considering a cognitive behavioral therapy? According to the National Alliance on Mental Health approximately 42 million Americans suffer from a type of anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), phobias/fears, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While another 21.5 million Americans suffers from depression. While the statistics are staggering there is help available. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an immeasurable solution to help alleviate an individual’s suffering.

How Does Your Chicago Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

Cognitive behavior therapy is usually focused and short-term, helping you cope with a specific issue. Throughout the course of counseling will learn how to recognize and change your destructive or distressing thought patterns which create a negative affect on your behavior.

The fundamental goal with a cognitive behavior therapist in Chicago (CBT) is that your feelings and thoughts play an essential role in your behavior. For example, if you spend a lot of time thinking about car accidents you may find yourself avoiding riding in a car. The goal of cognitive behavior therapy is to teach you that you cannot control every thing that happens in the world around you. However, you can be in control of how you interpret and cope with the things in your environment.

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Components of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a merger of two therapies – behavioral therapy and cognitive therapy. Behavioral therapy focuses on your actions and intends to change your unhealthy behavior patterns. Cognitive therapy focuses on your beliefs and thoughts, and how the two influence your actions and mood, while aiming to change your thinking to be more flexible and healthy.

CBT is designed to help you focus on your current problems and how you can solve them. In order for CBT to be successful the therapist and patient must actively work together. Your therapist will help you learn how to identify your distorted or unhealthy thinking patterns, then recognize and make the necessary changes that will provide you with more positive thoughts and beliefs. This step is known as the functional analysis. This process may be difficult for you if you have trouble with introspect, however, it can eventually lead to insights and self discovery that are a crucial part of the treatment process.

The stage of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) focuses on your behaviors that are causative to the problem. You will begin to learn and practice new techniques that you can put to use in real situations.

Most of the time, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a gradual process that helps you take incremental steps towards your behavioral changes. If you are suffering from social anxiety you may start by imagining yourself in a anxiety provoking social situation. Then, you might start practicing by having conversations with family and friends. By increasingly working toward a bigger goal, the process may seem less intimidating and the goals easier to achieve.

What Psychological Disorders does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treat?

CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, phobias/fears, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia and relationships, eating disorders, habits such as facial tics, anger, body dysmorphic disorder post-traumatic-stress disorder, chronic (persistent) pain, drug or alcohol abuse, chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, certain sleep problems, and several other mental health issues and conditions unrelated to a mental illness such as arthritis, IBS, and a number of other physical conditions.

How Effective is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven in clinical trials to decrease the symptoms of several health problems. For example, studies have shown that CBT is just as successful as medication in treating anxiety disorders and depression. When you get CBT, you will be combating irrational thoughts which affect your mood.

What is Evidence Based Practice?

Evidence based practice, are types of treatments such as CBT that are based solely on scientific evidence. The findings suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy is a strong suitable treatment for psychological problems and some physical conditions. CBT has been studied in numerous large clinical trials and cautiously compared to other types of psychological treatments. Thousands of patients who received CBT during the clinical trials have been followed for several years. This patients have had fewer relapses than patients who underwent a different type of therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been proven time and time again to be an effective treatment for adults, teens, and children for numerous psychological issues as well as physical problems.

If you suffer from a mental illness such as anxiety or depression consider contacting our therapist at Chicago Counseling Therapy to get cognitive behavioral therapy.