Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an extremely effective modality that teaches you how to recognize harmful thought patterns and identify behaviors that may be affecting your mood, and then to implement positive changes. The team of leading psychologists and psychiatrists at Uptown Psych, located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, have helped countless patients overcome a wide range of mental issue issues using CBT. Make an appointment by calling or using the online scheduling tool today to find out more about how Uptown Psych’s CBT program can help you.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Q & A
How does CBT work?
CBT is an innovative form of talk therapy, or psychotherapy that Uptown Psych’s team of trained professionals use frequently. In the practice of CBT, you work closely with one of Uptown Psych’s mental health professionals, a therapist, in a regimented way, taking part in therapy sessions that help you develop awareness of irrational, false, or otherwise negative thoughts. The aim is to help you face situations that normally challenge you and come to view them with more clarity and react to them calmly.
What is CBT used for?
CBT has proven effective in treating a multitude of mental health disorders, including:
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorders
- Sleep disorders
The method often is preferred because it helps therapists effectively identify the specific challenges your condition poses and develop coping mechanisms for you. It can help you:
- Manage emotional and physical symptoms
- Avoid medications when treating mental illness
- Learn coping techniques
- Resolve conflicts more effectively
- Get over grief or loss
- Battle emotional trauma
In some cases, CBT is most effective at accomplishing these objectives when used in conjunction with medications like antidepressants. Your healthcare provider decides whether or not you need medication based on the variables of your specific case.
Is CBT only for people with mental health issues?
Almost anyone, even individuals without a serious mental health condition, can benefit from CBT; this drug-free therapy can help you better deal with stress that arises in daily life.
What is CBT homework?
Homework between sessions is a key component of treatment. Assignments vary, but the purpose of each is to encourage you to be an active participant in the process and to utilize tools that are explored in your sessions in everyday life. Successes and challenges experienced during homework assignments are then discussed and examined in the following session.