CBT works by helping you understand the interrelationships between your thoughts, emotions, actions, and bodily responses. You will start to recognize how habitual thought patterns lead to distressing emotions and experiences, creating negative cycles that seem difficult to break.
For example, self-critical thoughts can contribute to feelings of sadness; chronically sad moods can lead to low energy and decreased activity, which in turn fuel self-criticism. With coaching and support, you can explore fresh perspectives, challenge unhelpful thought patterns, learn how your body responds to stress, and take action to break the cycles that had you stuck.
CBT is one of the most widely-used forms of therapy today. There is abundant research to support its effectiveness in treating many conditions, especially depression and anxiety. If you’re wondering whether CBT can help you, please contact me and we’ll talk about it.