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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Many people who are considering therapy hesitate to reach out because they think therapy is “just” talking. While discussing difficulties and working through complex emotions in conversation is an essential part of therapy, it’s not the only thing we do. By utilizing research-supported, proven techniques, like cognitive behavioral therapy, with our NYC clients, we turn all our talk into tools and strategies you can utilize to live your most fulfilling life.

Keep reading to learn a bit more about cognitive behavioral therapy.

Don’t hesitate to ask about this approach when you visit The Center for CBT in New York City.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often referred to simply as CBT. It is a research-supported approach to therapy that helps people explore the interconnectivity of their thoughts, feelings, and actions. By recognizing patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that lead to negative results, people start to increase resilience, stabilize emotions, and change maladaptive behavioral responses. With CBT, people achieve real long-lasting change and positive self-growth.

How does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy work?

During therapy sessions using CBT, you and your therapist will be in a constant dialogue. In movies and TV shows therapists are typically shown sitting silently while the client talks. In CBT we use socratic questioning, an engaging and collaborative approach. CBT is present and solution focused. Your therapist may ask you to compare your response during ordinary life events with your response during complicated or upsetting experiences.

They may also ask you questions about both ordinary and upsetting experiences like:

As you discuss the way you felt, thought, and acted in a full range of situations, you will start to identify areas where you want to see change. With your therapist, you’ll discuss ways you would like to adjust your responses in certain situations, your therapist will partner with you to develop strategies and tools to help you achieve your goals. These new skills can and should be deployed in your everyday life.

The more you practice these strategies to address painful or difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, the more you will find space to enjoy all of life’s moments – even the ones you once found challenging.

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Who should consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

CBT is a beneficial approach for just about anyone who wants to make a change, address dysregulated moods, or break free from negative thought cycles. Additionally, there are variations of CBT that are specifically geared toward helping people achieve just about any therapy goal. The versatility of application is one of the best things about CBT. Some of the many reasons people consider working with a therapist who utilizes CBT include:

Who offers therapy using CBT?

Each of our clinicians has years of unique training and experience that allow them to provide therapy using specific approaches that work best for certain clients. Our clinicians who offer therapy using CBT are featured below, and you can learn more about them by visiting our team page.

What Should I Do Next?

When you’re ready to begin therapy, we hope you’ll consider contacting The Center for CBT in New York City. We offer a safe space where you are free to be who you really are and express yourself and your values authentically. We embrace, value, and welcome people of all sexual orientations, genders, and racial identities. The Center for CBT in New York City makes beginning your therapy journey simple. You can get started any time by completing our online consultation request form. One of our team members will be in touch within 24 business hours to answer your questions.

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