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How Does CBT Help with Depression?

Millions of people in the U.S. struggle with depression. Because depression is so prevalent, therapists have developed numerous approaches to help people manage the effects of depression, increase resilience, and maintain a greater sense of stability and peace from day to day. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one the most impactful forms of therapy used to support individuals who are dealing with depression. In this blog, we’ll review some of the ways that CBT helps with depression. If you ever want to learn more about CBT or any forms of therapy for depression, the knowledgeable therapists at The Center for CBT in New York City are always happy to help.

What exactly is CBT?
CBT is an evidence-based and research-supported form of therapy that is proven effective in supporting the therapy goals of individuals who are struggling with a wide range of emotional and cognitive concerns, including depression. Additionally, CBT has been used to help people who have difficulties in relationships, sleep struggles, and even substance use disorders. One of the best things about CBT is that it offers real-world, hands-on solutions for managing issues that arise, solving problems, and increasing resilience. During therapy sessions, clients practice specific skills that they can implement outside of therapy to address the impact of depression and other concerns. In most cases, CBT is a short-term therapy technique. That means you’ll meet with a therapist for a limited time while you learn CBT skills and address specific concerns.

What Are the Benefits of CBT for Depression?
There are many different approaches to therapy, but for individuals who struggle with depression, the effects of this condition can be overwhelming. You just want to start feeling better quickly and find solutions that really work. If this sounds familiar, CBT may be a good fit. Some of the many benefits of CBT for people with depression include:

  • CBT helps you understand the way your thoughts and actions affect your mood and teaches skills to change thinking and behaving patterns to improve mood.
  • Most people begin to see improvement right away, and they achieve their desired results in just three to six months of CBT sessions.
  • CBT is practical and focused on finding solutions to solve problems and live more fully.
  • Individuals are empowered and actively engaged in the work of therapy. They will be applying what they learn in therapy between sessions.
  • While CBT is usually completed in a short time, the results are long lasting. The skills you learn during CBT sessions can be applied throughout your life.

Ready to Get Started with CBT for Depression?
If you’re struggling with depression, let’s work together to start feeling better. At The Center for CBT in New York City, our therapists can utilize CBT to help you understand and manage the effects of depression. We make getting started with our team quick and easy. Simply take a few moments to complete our online consultation request form, and one of our team members will be in touch to finalize the details.

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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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