Combining the goals of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy, CBT is a goal oriented form of psychotherapy that assumes that maladaptive, or faulty, thinking patterns cause maladaptive behavior and “negative” emotions and patterns in ones life. Maladaptive behaviors are defined as behaviors that are counter-productive or interfere with everyday living. CBT treatment focuses on examining and changing an individual’s cognitive patterns in order to change behavior and improve emotional states.
CBT can be used in many situations in which there is a pattern of maladaptive or unwanted behavior accompanied by distress and impairment.
CBT is a recommended treatment option for a number of disorders, including affective or mood disorders, anxiety, panic disorder, depression, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, substance abuse, agoraphobia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). CBT is also frequently used as a tool to deal with chronic pain for patients with a variety of pain disorders such as migraine and tension headaches, RSD, and other forms of chronic pain. It is also used in dealing with personality disorders, fear of public speaking, performance phobias, and a range of other problems in which the person is unable to effectively manage behavioral and affective reactions in a variety of situations.
At our clinic, CBT is used in conjunction with psychopysiological monitoring and feedback in treatment of various disorders, maximizing the therapeutic effectiveness of each of the methodologies. Our focus is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but we are also very familiar with other modalities such as dynamically oriented psychotherapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and a host of other psychotherapeutic techniques.