Counseling &  Psychotherapy


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COUNSELING & PSYCHOTHERAPY​ for Teenagers, Adults and Couples

CBT (cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

The very basic theory of CBT is this: if the client can change their belief and/or understanding of themselves or others, their behavior will change: and, conversely, if the client can modify their behavior in some way that is counter to their previous belief system, the cognition or understanding will change relative to that belief. Clients come to counselors to experience change. CBT is one of the avenues for each person to change something (beliefs or behavior) that will change everything else.

As an example of the meaning and use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, now more commonly referred to as “CBT,” I would interview a client to determine the dysfunctional thinking that directly influences that client’s behavior. When the client learns to evaluate their thinking in a more realistic way, they experience improvement in their emotional state and their behavior then changes as well. Further, I would discuss with the client their variations of moods and behaviors to get a clearer picture of the client’s underlying beliefs about themselves, their world, and others around them. Modifying these dysfunctional beliefs produces more enduring change. 

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