Frequently Asked Questions: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. These patterns dictate how we function and is useful to identify unhelpful thoughts or habits. Once we can see what’s not working, we can then replace our thoughts and behaviors with more useful skills. With practice, this evidenced based model can create significant improvements  in mood, interpersonal relationships and productivity.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What does CBT Treat?

According to research, it is established that cognitive behavioral therapy is useful for a large array of issues such as depression, panic attacks, anxiety, phobias, weight loss, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia and pain management. Trauma-informed CBT is a proven technique effective for PTSD in many evidence-based programs.

What is the research regarding CBT’s effectiveness?

Clinical studies have backed the theory that cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective interventions for long-term benefits.

How does CBT help in the long term?

Cognitive therapy fares so well in long-term studies because it provides useful tools and techniques, so you will be able to generalize future challenges. Most people report finding that using the techniques becomes quite natural after practice.

How long until I see results?

When you see a cognitive behavioral therapist, you and the clinician work as a team to help you change your presenting problems. The more you work outside of the sessions by doing your homework, the faster you will make improvements. As a result, many clients report a shift within the first week.