What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a group of psychological treatments that are based on scientific evidence.

Many people have an inaccurate perception of what therapy is. To many people, psychotherapy may seem to involve dream interpretation, lying on a couch, or elaborate discussions of childhood experiences.

In reality, very few mental health providers including psychologists, social workers, or psychiatrists, use this type of treatment because is it outdated and is not based on scientific evidence.

  • CBT therapies are usually short-term treatments (i.e., between 8-25 sessions).

  • Focus is on the ways a person’s cognitions (i.e. thoughts), emotions and behaviors are connected and affect each other.

  • Treatment is goal-oriented to resolve current, present-day symptoms.

  • Patients actively participate in treatment both in and outside of sessions.

  • Homework assignments are often included throughout the treatment process.

  • The clinician and patient work collaboratively with the understanding that the patient is the expert on themself and the clinician has technical and theoretical experti

    se.

  • The patient and clinician collaboratively develop treatment goals and track  treatment progress.

By helping clients learn how their own thoughts, beliefs and behaviors can increase or decrease feelings of anxiety or depression, psychologists and other mental health providers can help clients begin to change their thought patterns and their behaviors in ways that can reduce or alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Providers at the Portland Anxiety Clinic, LLC have advanced training in CBT. If you would like to learn more about CBT or how one of our practitioners can help you, please call our office for more information.