Many people seek therapy at a time when they are hoping to make some sort of change. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps develop new ways of thinking that can help us get unstuck, or new actions and habits that we can build to make concrete, immediate changes in our lives.
What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a branch of psychotherapy that helps patients address struggles through learning and applying cognitive (mental) and behavioral (action) skills. Research indicates that CBT has been an effective approach in quickly and concretely helping people make changes to their lives in a variety of ways, including building awareness of and changing automatic thoughts and using action to increase wellness. CBT is also a useful approach for families, including both parents and children, to increasing communication and and helpful structure. Many psychologists, including those at the Williamsburg Therapy Group, include CBT skills as part of their approach to help patients link new insights to making visible changes in current life.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a closely related branch of psychotherapy. DBT was developed to help people struggling with symptoms of borderline personality disorder, but research suggests that the skills taught in DBT are also useful in addressing a wide variety of struggles and diagnoses, including depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, self esteem, addiction, and negative patterns in relationships. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is another psychotherapy approach that is related to CBT. ACT helps patients increase psychological flexibility (i.e., the ability to get unstuck from certain 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 that is related to all of these branches and has demonstrated effectiveness in helping people increase mental wellness.
How do I get CBT?
If you are a patient in New York City who is looking for cognitive behavioral therapy, please 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.