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Cognitive Behavioral Therapists in NYC.

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Many people seek therapy when they are hoping to make some changes in their life.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy aims to help you develop new ways of thinking and to cultivate a more positive or realistic mindset. It can also help us create new actions and habits that we can build on to make concrete, immediate changes in our lives. If you think CBT Therapy in Brooklyn can help you, contact Williamsburg Therapy Group today.



What is cognitive-behavioral therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a branch of psychotherapy that helps patients address struggles by learning and applying cognitive (mental) and behavioral (action) skills. CBT helps build awareness of our automatic thoughts. It helps to create more balanced thinking and supports the use of action-oriented goals to increase wellness. CBT is also a useful approach for families, including parents and children, to increase communication and create helpful structure. Research indicates that CBT is a practical approach and quickly and concretely helps people make changes to their lives. It generally requires fewer sessions than other types of therapy.

CBT is useful to address specific problems and emotional challenges, such as:

  • Manage symptoms of emotional difficulties

  • Prevent relapse of mental illness symptoms

  • Treat a mental illness when medications aren't an option

  • Learn how to cope with stress

  • Identify ways to manage emotions

  • Cope with grief or loss

  • Manage chronic physical symptoms


Many psychologists, including those at the Williamsburg Therapy Group, incorporate CBT skills as part of their approach to helping patients link new insights to making visible changes to their life.



What can CBT help with?

CBT can be used to treat a wide range of issues. Research has consistently demonstrated its effectiveness and utility as a modality of psychotherapy. A person's thoughts and feelings are vital to their mental health, and that's why we take great pride in offering CBT at Williamsburg Therapy Group.

Mental health disorders that may improve with CBT include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Phobias

  • PTSD

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Substance Use Disorders

  • Sleep disorders

  • Eating disorders

  • Bipolar Disorders

  • Schizophrenia



Williamsburg Therapy Group is prepared to work with you and assist you in fostering a happy and healthier life. We can help you find better ways to manage your thoughts and behaviors with CBT. Our attentive and experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists will support you every step of the way.



What can I expect from CBT?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be conducted in several ways. It can be done individually or in a group setting, like with family members or individuals with similar issues. Ultimately, CBT's goal is to change negative thought patterns and replace them with more balanced ones to help your behavioral and emotional well-being.

Generally, CBT includes:

  • Learning about your mental health conditions

  • Learning and practicing techniques such as relaxation, medication, coping, resilience, stress management, and assertiveness


In the first session, your therapist will ask you preliminary questions to better understand your past physical and emotional health. They might also ask about past treatments and therapies you have done, such as medications. It might take a few sessions for your therapist to fully assess your situation and create a plan of action.

During CBT therapy, the therapist will encourage you to talk about your thoughts and feelings to understand what's troubling you. It could feel intimidating to be vulnerable with a stranger, but your therapist will help you become more confident and comfortable as time goes on.

The length of your CBT can differ depending on your specific needs. While it is considered short-term therapy, it typically ranges from about five to 20 sessions. At the end of the day, you and your therapist can discuss how many sessions are right for you.



Related Psychotherapies

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a closely related branch of psychotherapy. DBT was developed to help people struggling with symptoms of borderline personality disorder. However, research suggests that the skills taught in DBT are useful in addressing a wide variety of struggles. These diagnoses include depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, self-esteem, addiction, and negative relationship patterns.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is also another psychotherapy approach that is related to CBT. ACT helps patients increase psychological flexibility (i.e., the ability to get unstuck from specific patterns in thinking) and find ways to effectively move towards their values. Mindfulness, the practice of being present-focused, nonjudgmental, and effective, is a specific skill set related to all of these branches. It has demonstrated effectiveness in helping people increase mental wellness.


How do I get CBT in NYC?

If you are a patient in New York City who is looking for cognitive behavioral therapy, please contact us today. You can schedule an appointment at one of our Brooklyn offices with one of our experienced psychologists. Click here to meet the team and read more about each psychologist's style of using CBT and find a provider who's right for you.



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