Cognitive Behavioral Therapy suggests that it is not events themselves that upset us, but the meanings we give them. Our thoughts, over time, become automatic, and negative feelings such as, “everyone at work hates me” or “I never do anything right at work,” may prevent us from doing things that would benefit us or contradict those negative thoughts. This thinking may cause you to not go to work, thereby creating feelings of guilt and shame. CBT is designed to address this way of thinking and to help you challenge those negative thoughts through a variety of exercises, ultimately disproving the contrary view and reducing or eliminating the discomfort you may have previously experienced that was causing your depression or anxiety.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented approach. It combines both the restructuring of negative and unrealistic thinking with skills-based problem-solving to assist patients in addressing both cognitive processes (attitudes and beliefs) and their connections to behavior (what we do).
At Rhode Island Counseling Associates, professionals work alongside patients to educate and help create solutions and action plans to address areas of struggle. We tailor each individual’s treatment to their needs while still adhering to the principles of CBT.
One significant advantage of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy over other programs is its relatively brief nature, sometimes showing results in months rather than years. Ultimately, when treatment is complete, you will be left with a set of skills and tools that will be available to you for the rest of your life.
Rhode Island Counseling Associates looks forward to helping you begin the journey to recovery and personal fulfillment. To schedule an appointment, call 401-259-0340 or fill out our contact form.