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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Depression, Anxiety, Stress Management

CBT is a therapeutic modality that aims to help you learn to identify and change unhelpful or destructive thought patterns that in turn lead to unpleasant emotional states and negative/unhelpful behaviors. Don’t believe everything you think!

 

CBT focuses on changing your automatic negative thoughts (the ones that flash by often outside your awareness) that can exacerbate emotional difficulties and contribute to states of depression or anxiety. In this framework, thoughts are identified, challenged, and swapped out with more balanced and helpful thoughts. This framework also utilizes a wide variety of other strategies such as relaxation techniques, journaling, and behavioral rehearsal in session to help develop these new skills into habits. MBCT also works with these unhelpful thought patterns, but utilizes mindfulness as the primary mechanism for identifying and manipulating these cognitions.

"There is more on the surface than what our eyes can see".

- Aaron Beck, Father of Cognitive Therapy