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What is Cognitive Therapy Cognitive Therapy: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Takoma Park, College Park, Bethesda

What is Cognitive Therapy?   

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) explores our thoughts and beliefs, how they affect our feelings and decision-making and how that knowledge can be used to make positive change in our lives. If a student thinks,  "I'm going to fail that test,” it may cause enough anxiety to cause poor test performance, make studying difficult, and perhaps cause headaches, indigestion, or “accidentally” oversleeping. And that experience can lead to 3even more anxiety the next time.  Developing more realistic thoughts can lead to more manageable stress levels and enable the extra studying needed to excel.

Changing our thoughts and beliefs can profoundly change our feelings and behaviors. There are many cognitive strategies we can use, including agreeing on new behaviors to experiment with between sessions.

CBT explores habits of thinking and feeling to see if they are accurate and useful.

- Slow things down and be more mindful of your thoughts and experience.
- Discover how your thoughts affect your feelings and actions.
- Explore better ways to think or react to improve how you feel and cope.
- Learn to re-direct your attention in more positive directions.

The relationship between us will be collaborative, treatment goals will be clear, and the process will offer individualized strategies to achieve your goals. Research has shown Cognitive Therapy to be among the most effective treatments for anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and ADHD.