COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)

WHAT CBT IS

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy, which addresses the relationship between your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. CBT is one of the most empirically-supported treatments for mood and anxiety disorders and has been adapted to serve specialty populations. We look at thoughts automatically triggered in situations and use tools to examine whether these thoughts are helpful or unhelpful in living and maintaining a meaningful life. With CBT, patients look at behaviors to determine if the behaviors are supporting negative thought patterns and emotional states, and if so, CBT includes patient commitment to change when necessary.  At the PCH Cognitive Center, our clinicians embrace the collaborative spirit of CBT and have incorporated cutting edge third-wave approaches to best help our patients. 

WHAT CBT TREATS

CBT has been designed to treat a wide variety of symptoms, including anxiety disorders, which include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia), Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia, and Specific Phobias. CBT also is a leading treatment for mood disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia). CBT also effectively treats Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (trichotillomania and excoriation), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 

At our PCH Cognitive Center, we offer a specialized CBT program for insomnia (CBT-I), which is offered in an individual or group format, to target improving sleep hygiene and behavioral skills to enhance healthy and restorative sleep. 

CBT is often used as an umbrella term for other therapies, such as Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Mindfulness-Based CBT, to name just a few. 

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