Thoughts are mightier than the strength of hand. Sophocles
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may help you if the following describes you:
- Do you wonder what kind of therapy has research behind it to help you?
- Are you tired of trying to get unstuck in your life?
- Do you think, “If I could just get some tools to help me so that I can learn to manage life on my own.”
A Day In The Life Of Unhelpful Thoughts
You shuffle off to work, barely make it through your work. The entire time you’re at work there’s that inner critic inside your head telling you not to mess up, that you’re always making mistakes.
You get home, and your girlfriend or your wife says something to you in “that tone.” You just know she’s despising you and trying to hide it.
So you sluff off to your den and try to ignore your feelings of failure as you watch the news and drink a beer.
Then you wake up the next morning, and the routine starts all over again.
Does This Sound Familiar? You’re Not Alone!
According to Mental Health America, “1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans, more than the populations of New York and Florida combined!”
Maybe you don’t even have a mental health condition.
But you may battle with putting yourself down, feeling like a failure, or you may struggle with low self-esteem.
The mass of men leads lives of quiet desperation. Henry David Thoreau
The Good News: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works
This kind of thinking is very, very common.
But it your thinking does not have to be this way the rest of your life!
With the help of an effective cognitive behavioral therapist, you can learn to identify and change your limited thinking patterns and enjoy more balanced thinking and quiet, more balanced life.
Studies show positive research evidence in cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, anger control problems, and general stress.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Chinese Proverb
When you learn cognitive and behavioral skills, you arm yourself with ways to approach life that will serve you long term.
The goal of a good cognitive behavior therapist is to work his or her way out of a job.
In other words, I want you to learn healthy and helpful ways to think and act so that you don’t have to be seeing a counselor for the rest of your life!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help You Move Forward In Life
I’ve been working with others just like you using cognitive behavior techniques since working in Northwest Community hospital with teens and adults years ago.
Overall, Steve has that quality of all truly effective therapists; he truly enjoys helping people understand themselves better. He has an empowering approach. He helps individuals identify their strengths and coaches them on how to utilize these strengths to lessen their distress and bring more satisfaction and success in their lives.
I usually use a workbook like Thoughts and Feelings to work through your particular issues using cognitive behavior therapy.
I’ll use the first session to get to know you and the challenges you’re dealing with.
We can then work through specific chapters and assignments that will help you target your issues.
There’s often homework you can work on between sessions so that you’re putting the concepts into practice.
The great thing about cognitive behavioral therapy is that, once you understand the concepts, you’ll use these skills in your life in the future.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides practical solutions such as:
- Changing Patterns of Limited Thinking
- Learning How to Identify Your Automatic Thoughts
- Learning Behavioral Relaxation
- Coping With Panic
- Testing Core Beliefs
These skills work with addressing Panic, Worry, Perfectionism, Obsessional Thinking, Depression, Shame and Guilt, Anger, Bad Habits, and Procrastination.
I’ve seen these skills help many, many boys, teens, and men, and I know they can help you, too.
But You May Still Have Questions About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
What if I don’t understand the concepts?
I’m very flexible and patient as a counselor. It took me time to learn this. In fact, I had to teach cognitive behavioral therapy before I became comfortable with it, so I understand it takes time.
It’s like learning to ride a bike. At first, we fall a few times. But you’ll find pretty quickly that you’re becoming more comfortable with the topics and skills.
One day, you’ll be using the skills automatically.
What if I want to talk about other things besides just cognitive behavioral therapy?
Again, I believe in being flexible.
And I know that your feedback is essential to make counseling work.
So, while I like to make goals together and teach you new skills, we can take time along the way to balance teaching with listening and learning.
What will a session look like?
In one workshop I took from Dr. Judith Beck, I learned a framework I like to use in our sessions.
We start by checking in. You’ll tell me how you are feeling over the past week on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best and 1 being the worst.
We will then review your homework from the last session. We’ll also review what we learned from the last session.
We talk about the agenda. “What do we want to talk about today to help you move forward in the next week?”
Then we talk about the topic or topics you brought up, using cognitive behavioral concepts and techniques.
Finally, I’ll assign more therapy homework you can work on to reach your goals for next week. I encourage you to take notes if needed during our meeting so that you can keep your learning handy throughout the week.
The last step is for me to get feedback from you as to what was helpful or not helpful during the session.
You Can Move Forward In Your Life
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