Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) identifies the thoughts and behaviors that tend to lead to stress, anxiety, anger, depression and conflicts and provides the training for the skills needed to change those thoughts and behaviors. For example, ‘should’ and ‘must’ oriented thoughts regarding our demands as to what we, others, and the world ‘must’ be like and ‘catastrophizing’ the outcomes if they don’t match our expectations.  Other shift include a broader perspective of the system as a whole and the big picture.

CBT also addresses the body and its physiological activations that have been conditioned during emotions such as anxiety and anger and show up as body activations such as fast heart rate, sweat response, and muscle tension.  CBT includes relaxation techniques that reduce such activations.

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