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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of short-term treatment that can help you quickly identify, address, and cope with specific behavior and emotional challenges you may be facing. At NuHope our experienced therapist will be able to assist you.

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What is the main goal of cognitive behavioral therapy?

The main goal that cognitive behavioral therapists work towards during cognitive behavioral therapy is changing the way their patients automatically focus on the negative instead of the positive, which contributes to and worsens their emotional state as well as increases moods of depression and their anxiety. The negative mood puts a damper on their mood and can be a negative influence to their behaviors and emotions moving forward.

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What does a cognitive behavioral therapist do?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapeutic treatment that is offered by cognitive behavioral therapists who help patients learn to identify and change their destructive or disturbing thought patterns that can have a negative influence on their emotions and behaviors.

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing the negative thoughts these patients have which contribute to and can worsen their emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. They end up being a detrimental influence on their mood as well as others.

Due to cognitive behavioral therapy, and the therapists that watch over the patients, these thoughts are then identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective and realistic thoughts than what they were dealing with previously.

Psychologists focus on psychotherapy, which consists of treatment therapies that help individuals with a wide range of mental illnesses and emotional problems. Psychologists work to minimize or eliminate their patients’ adverse behavioral symptoms and allowing them to heal psychologically to function better in all aspects of their life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a new form of psychotherapeutic therapy. It is an effective therapy for many mental health concerns, but not all and does not focus on the underlying and deep issues and aspects of mental illness. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combines theory and techniques behind cognitive and behavioral therapies that was initially created by examining the relationship between a person’s negative thoughts, fears, behaviors and physical responses to various experiences a patient may endure.

The effectiveness of each type of therapist will depend on the patients who are finding a therapist they feel most comfortable working with, as well as the patient’s willingness to put in the time and effort to make a significant impact on their behavioral changes.

Cognitive behavioral therapy encompasses a broad range of techniques and approaches that help to address the thoughts, emotions and behaviors their patients express. These can range from structured psychotherapies to even self-help materials, all depending on the patient. There are a number of cognitive behavior therapy approaches available to be used by cognitive behavior therapists, they include:

  • Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy focuses on identifying and changing any inaccurate or distorted thinking patterns, emotional responses and behaviors a patient may be showcasing

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy addresses the thoughts and behaviors while incorporating strategies such as emotional regulation and mindfulness during the therapy session

  • Multimodal Therapy

Multimodal therapy suggests that psychological issues should be treated by addressing the seven different but connected modalities which are: behavior, affect, sensation, imagery, cognition, interpersonal factors and drug/biological considerations

  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Finally, rational emotive behavior therapy focuses on identifying irrational beliefs, actively challenging the patients’ beliefs and finally learning to recognize and change these irrational thought patterns

While each type of cognitive behavioral therapy takes a different approach, they all work to address the underlying thought processes and patterns their patients are contributing to on a psychological level.

If you are interested in how cognitive behavioral therapy may be able to work for you or someone you know, contact NuHope in San Antonio, TX today! Our clinic is available to residents of San Antonio, TX and surrounding areas by appointment only from Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. NuHope is located at 19026 Ridgewood Pkwy Suite 311 San Antonio, TX 78259. We Serve Patients from San Antonio TX, Kirby TX, Leon Valley TX, Alamo Heights TX, Castle Hills TX, Olmos Park TX, and Terrell Hills TX.

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