Many societies attach a stigma with the concept of seeking mental therapy. Fear of judgment or that society will consider them weak-willed if they choose to talk about their emotions keeps many people from reaching out for help. The pressure is such that people succumb and prefer to drown in their own pool of thoughts rather than going to a therapist.
As a Cognitive Behavioral therapist in Orange County, am here to tell you that you are not alone and that it is okay to reach out if things seem too bleak.
Sometimes, life puts you in situations where you struggle with negative thoughts. At times, when such thoughts escalate and constantly cross your mind, you feel like there is no way out. These all are signs of mental health issues, and let me assure you that there is always a way out!
Whether you are having trouble coping with anxiety, grief, a loss of a loved one, a broken or abusive relationship, depression, or stress, I am here to drive you towards the path of healing.
Since we are on the topic, let’s bust the stigmas around seeking cognitive behavioral therapy. Let me remind you, opting for therapy does not mean you are weak.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or CBT is among the most effective therapies as it generates quick results. Denotatively, CBT is a psychotherapeutic treatment that one can seek to deal with emotional challenges. This could be in the form of anxiety, depression, addiction problems, marital issues, and eating disorders. Connotatively, CBT helps one understand that it is not people but our thought process that can lead to negative behavior.
The therapy works to help one overcome negative thoughts and gain more control over them. CBT focuses on replacing these negative thoughts and feelings with objective and constructive thoughts through a number of strategies. Traumatic experiences may involve a threat to safety or life. And, any situation or event that leaves a person feeling overwhelmed can cause traumatic effects whether or not there is physical injury. Objective circumstances do not necessarily determine whether an incident is traumatic, it is the subjective emotional experience of a person caused by an event.
The more vulnerable or terrified one feels, the more likely he or she is to be traumatized. This can apply to accidents, physical or sexual assault, or repetitive emotional abuse and neglect growing up. While many people can move on from distressing events without experiencing adverse reactions for years, others are more susceptible to emotional and psychological wounds.
A CBT therapist will help you challenge the thoughts cropping up in your mind by helping you identify the real issue. A therapist will teach you the difference between reality and irrational thoughts. In addition to this, there are times when one’s past experiences and traumas can end up severely affecting current thoughts and beliefs. As a result, an individual may end up fearing that the worst is about to come.
A CBT therapist will help you break free from past experiences' shackles, find positivity in life, and see things from a different lens. Moreover, seeking therapy helps one understand their own moods better and take things as they are rather than making unnecessary unrealistic scenarios. To sum it up, a CBT therapist helps you take things less personally, avoid making quick judgments, and embrace things as they are.
Common strategies or practices by CBT therapists to achieve the above-mentioned goals include having the patients take up cognitive journaling. This way, they are able to keep their thoughts and feelings in check. Another effective practice involves holding one-on-one sessions where a therapist gives the patient an opportunity to open up and discuss their underlying fears. As rapport builds, the sessions then turn into group sessions so that the patients learn to overcome the inhibitions. Or, it could be a combination of both one-on-one and group sessions.
Other learning tools include role-playing activities and certain exercises that focus on mindfulness and calmness. Speaking of role-playing activities, therapists design scenarios to allow an individual to explore ways they can handle a stressful situation.
CBT can help treat a number of psychological conditions. Once a CBT therapist identifies a condition, they actively take part and help you heal. The entire process is highly goal-specific; both the therapist and the patient establish them via mutual understanding.
Below is a list of conditions that CBT therapy helps to recover from:
If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, I am just a call away. Book your consultation now!
While Cognitive behavioral therapy is not a permanent solution to your condition, it is still a great tool to get on terms with it. It is true that therapy won’t make negative thoughts and feelings go away in their entirety. They will teach you coping mechanisms to deal with situations in a much healthier way.
CBT helps us understand that we alone possess the power to change our mindset. It tells us that no external factor, be it an event or individual, is responsible for the cause of our bad mood and issues. In fact, our reactions and responses to events are likely to be the only root cause of our deteriorating mental health.
With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you gain control over your thoughts and adopt a new perspective towards life. You learn to take difficult situations in stride and handle them more effectively. The therapy equips you well enough to disrupt any negative thoughts before they take over your behavior. And, once you have learned to do this, you are closer to living a calmer, happier life.
With so many options out there, we understand how it can feel like a daunting task to find the best one. The following are two of the most important factors that you must take care of while looking for a qualified CBT therapist.
First and foremost, make sure the therapist has the state-authorized certification. If not, you should ask whether another senior mental health expert will supervise the therapist in question. Some clinicians will have certifications in cognitive behavior therapy.
A reputed therapist will always be available to answer any questions and won’t mind giving you information. You should never consider any therapist who refuses to do so. At Orange County therapist, I take pride in addressing all questions you might have.
Many people find it awkward to ask about charges. However, this piece of information is important, and any good CBT therapist will be more than happy to provide it to their potential client. In the same way, I feel it is my responsibility to properly communicate the fee structure with my clients.
James Brillon is a clinically trained and experienced professional. He believes that the right kind of help can reduce isolation, create hope, and build resilience.
He also works with the anxiety and depression that accompany traumatic experiences.
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