What is CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is a form of psychotherapy which rests on the premise that people can change their feelings by changing the way they think and behave. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based treatment, which means that medical studies have demonstrated its efficacy.
Research has shown that CBT is highly effective for the relief of anxiety and depression. Therapists who use CBT are generally active in session and will directly teach new skills and ways of thinking about a problem, as well as set goals with the client to promote change. CBT therapists provide homework so that clients can continue to learn and grow in-between sessions.
What is the history of CBT?
CBT began in the 1950’s and 1960’s with two major figures: Albert Ellis, Ph.D., and Aaron Beck, M.D. Both of these men were frustrated by traditional Freudian psychotherapy which provided patients with insight into themselves, but rarely led to change.
What should I expect in a session?
Sessions focus on specific symptoms and goals and on strategies for improvement. We often give clients homework assignments to promote change and growth in between therapy sessions. However, the pace of therapy is flexible and we will work as intensely or as gradually as is comfortable for you. Sessions are generally 45 minutes in length, though at times we may choose to schedule a longer session.
How long will I be in therapy?
Length of treatment varies based on the individual and the problem being worked on. However, CBT is a time limited therapy and many problems can be successfully treated in 3 to 6 months. Depending on the challenges you face, you may choose to stay in therapy longer; we will assess and decide as you go along.
Do you take insurance?
We do not take insurance, but will provide you with a receipt to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Where can I get more information about CBT?
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