Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A Proven Approach for Resolving Anxiety and Panic Attacks
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Defined
CBT is the most researched and effective method for treating anxiety. It’s been practiced by therapists worldwide for over 50 years.
CBT focuses on your thoughts and how your thoughts influence your feelings and behaviors.
Struggles with worry and anxiety are directly related to catastrophic interpretations of a situation. CBT first helps you become more aware of these negative thought patterns.
After your awareness of these harmful thoughts increase, CBT offers techniques that allow you to transform your thinking into a more rational and productive mindset.
The ultimate goal of CBT in anxiety treatment is to help you feel calmer and more relaxed, reducing your worries so you can have a more enjoyable and fulfilling life.
Exposure Therapy (ET) Defined
Exposure therapy (ET) is a type of CBT therapy used to help treat debilitating worries and fears. ET enables you to address your fears and phobias in a gentle, safe, and structured environment.
Exposure Therapy helps you gradually and gently overcome your avoidance of objects, activities or situations that cause intense anxiety. The goal is for you to eventually be exposed to the thing that frightens you without an adverse reaction.
The Effectiveness of CBT/ET
More than 2000 research studies have demonstrated the efficacy of CBT therapy for anxiety and a range of other psychological difficulties.
In fact, CBT research shows that it’s the most effective form of therapy practiced by psychotherapists.
How CBT Differs from Other Types of Therapy
CBT views anxiety as being the result of how you think. Therefore, CBT’s primary focus is always on changing the catastrophic and debilitating thoughts you’re experiencing as a means to improve how you feel and behave.
The Types of Problems CBT/ET Can Successfully Treat
CBT is effective for all types of worries, anxieties and fears.
The goal of CBT is to feel calmer, more in control, and more relaxed so you can have a better quality of life.
The Length of CBT/ET Therapy
Every person and situation is different, so it’s difficult to predict how long treatment will take.
Psychotherapy often takes between 5-20 sessions. However, if you have a long-standing problem that’s been with you for many years, CBT/ET may take longer before your fears are reduced or eliminated.
My CBT/ET Training
I’ve completed several trainings in CBT at the Beck Institute, a key CBT training organization based on the teachings of the father of CBT, Dr. Aaron Beck.
What You Can Expect from CBT/ET Therapy with Me
Research shows that developing a strong therapeutic client-therapist relationship is critical for therapy to be effective. I’ll ensure you feel comfortable and safe with me before we begin any exposures.
I use a 7-Step Exposure Therapy Protocol that gradually exposes you to your fears gently and safely.
After each session, you’ll likely notice an improvement in your level of anxiety.
I’ve had great success with my clients over the past decade using these methods, so I’m confident that I can help the vast majority of people reduce or eliminate their overwhelming anxiety.
You can read some examples of success stories that I’ve had with clients.
With my expertise using CBT, it’s possible to overcome anxiety.
A better life awaits you…
Contact me for a no-obligation 15-minute inquiry call.
We’ll discuss your anxiety, and I’ll explain how I can help you get relief using CBT therapy.