What is Cognitive Therapy? (CBT)
By: Daniela Vargas
Cognitive Behavioral therapy also known as CBT, is based on our feelings, thoughts, behaviors and physiology. Sometimes our emotions get in the way of our thoughts. Situations can trigger negative thoughts, which lead to negative emotions and making us react in a certain way.
Your cognitive therapist will ask you what your goals are and focus what are the barriers blocking those goals. Your negative thoughts might make you stop and not continue to achieve those goals; cognitive therapy will turn those thoughts into positive and realistic ones.
Everyone’s process is different, some might see results within months, and others may see them in a few years. Some might find this type of therapy difficult because of how long it takes to see results, but that is because it takes time and skills to change the patterns of negative thoughts. The goal is to make these skills second nature.
If you or someone you know is in the need of cognitive therapy please contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201)-368-3700 or (212) – 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, please visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/.