In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment, you will learn that there is a direct linear relationship between your thoughts and your emotions. Your thoughts lead to certain emotions. Part of the work of CBT is to help you uncover patterns of thought so that you can learn how to challenge unhelpful patterns that lead to negative emotions. You will learn techniques to examine your thinking, challenge it, and develop balanced alternative views. Relating in new ways to unhelpful cognitive patterns will result in fewer and less intense negative emotional experiences.
In CBT, you and your therapist will work together to identify problems in thinking/feeling and behavior while collaborating on treatment plans to meet your goals. CBT requires active participation from the individual. It will empower you to learn new methods of coping through in-session and at-home exercises. Your therapist will help you identify triggers, stressors, and negative influences within your life, and help you create and use new coping skills.