Some people and cultures still attach a stigma to the seeking mental health treatment. Fear of judgment or that others 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 continue to struggle with destructive patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors rather than going to a therapist.
As a Cognitive Behavioral therapist in Orange County, please know that you are not alone and that it is okay to reach out for help. Seeking help when life becomes unmanageable is wise and courageous, not a sign of weakness.
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. CBT is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment to address multiple mental health issues. including anxiety, depression, addiction problems, marital issues, and eating disorders to name a few. CBT helps people to understand the connections between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how to restructure and change them.
CBT is a form of psychotherapy that is considered “evidence-based”, meaning it has been scientifically tested and shown to be effective with a number of different disorders.
CBT was first developed beginning in the 1960’s by researchers and psychotherapists exploring depression, and the approach eventually developed an entire new conceptualization of depression. By identifying spontaneous cognitions called “automatic thoughts”, it was possible to help people identify and evaluate these automatic thoughts. CBT continued to develop and has been researched with thousands of studies.
When people can identify and change the underlying beliefs about themselves, their world and of other people, relief and change is possible. Working collaboratively with the client, a CBT therapist will help develop a conceptualization and plan to help the client learn to be more adaptive and to develop more accurate perspectives. A large part of working with CBT is helping the client identify the mind traps they fall into and how to address and overcome them. Insight, skills learning and revising thoughts and beliefs are important components of CBT.
It is possible to break free from past experiences and see life through new and more healthy perspectives. Benefits of CBT include learning to take life experiences less personally, including your own thoughts and beliefs and to recognize the difference between rational and irrational thoughts.
Common strategies in CBT include analyzing and tracking thoughts, cognitive journaling, learning relaxation and role-play to plan how to react to specific situations.
CBT can help treat a number of psychological conditions. Following an assessment and history-gathering phase, a treatment plan is developed to address dysfunctional thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The process is highly goal-specific, based on collaboration between the therapist and client.
CBT is used to address multiple issues:
If you are ready to seek help, I am just a call away. Call for a consultation now!
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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Don’t let stress or anxiety take over your behaviors. Seek help from a compassionate CBT therapist because healing is always possible!
Feel free to reach out to me if you are in Orange County!