What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?


Sometimes we have thoughts that are not helpful and sometimes we have behaviors that are not helpful. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy looks at both of these things and seeks to change them. And in turn we change our feelings.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term approach that is driven by the goals of the client. In CBT we view each client as the expert on their own lives so we work together with the client to create goals. After the goals are set, we then work together to explore old patterns that are no longer working and explore possible new patterns.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is often considered a treatment of choice because it is so heavily backed by the research. The research shows that it really works! And in my office, I see that too. 


CBT is shown to be effective in treating:

-       Anxiety

-       Depression

-       Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

-       Relationship Stress

-       Addictions

-       Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

-       Sleeping difficulties

-       And more


Often times individuals seek out counseling when they are struggling with strong negative emotions. CBT draws a clear connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions.


In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) we:


-Look at internal dialogue, AKA self-talk

-Explore where the self-talk comes from

-Look to see if our self-talk is helpful or unhelpful to us

-Work to change unhelpful self-talk

-Work to change unhelpful behavior



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Theresa Leskowat MS LPC is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in Charlotte, NC. Theresa is also founder and owner of Clear Vista Counseling.