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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in West Palm Beach, FL

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) at the Trauma Therapy Center in West Palm Beach can be effective for a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interconnected, and that by changing our thoughts, we can also change our feelings and behaviors.

CBT is a collaborative therapy, meaning you will work with your therapist to develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs. CBT therapists are highly trained and experienced professionals who can help you identify and challenge your negative thoughts and beliefs, develop coping skills, and make positive changes in your life.

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps individuals identify the negative thinking patterns and beliefs that are having adverse effects on their lives. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts affect our feelings and our feelings affect our behavior.

CBT focuses on helping clients identify healthy coping skills and develop positive belief systems that can be used in everyday life.

Benefits of CBT

Identifying Negative Thoughts and Beliefs

Often, trauma symptoms don’t occur only due to the events we experience, but also, due to the event deeply affecting the beliefs that we hold about ourselves, others, and the world.

For instance, consider two individuals involved in the same car accident:

The difference in their reactions is not due to the accident’s severity, as they were involved in the same accident. Rather, person B is experiencing negative emotional responses such as anxiety and avoidance due to internalizing negative beliefs such as “I am unsafe in the car” or “driving on that street may cause me to get into an accident” as a result of the event.

It’s important to remember that everyone experiences difficult situations differently, and there is no one-size-fits-all response. Our therapists are motivated to help you cope with your symptoms and heal your specific trauma.

Challenging Unhelpful Patterns

Negative belief patterns are rooted in cognitive distortions, which are irrational or extreme ways of thinking that can cause detrimental effects on emotion and behavior. These cognitive distortions can create inaccurate perceptions of ourselves and our reality, often leading to feelings of anxiety and depression.

CBT is a powerful and effective therapy that can help you identify and challenge unhelpful thought patterns to adopt more positive or adaptive beliefs that better serve you.

CBT is a collaborative process, which means you and your West Palm Beach therapist at the Trauma Therapy Center will partner to identify areas you wish to improve on. Confidentiality is the cornerstone of CBT, as with any other therapeutic modality, meaning everything you share with your therapist remains private.

Some examples of cognitive distortions include:

These thinking patterns can be unhelpful and even damaging in the long run. CBT is designed to help individuals identify and challenge distorted thinking patterns to adopt more rational thinking and improve emotional regulation and overall mood.

Call to schedule an appointment for CBT therapy today!

(561) 363-7994

What Conditions Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Treat?

CBT has been proven to be recognized as effective for conditions including:

CBT is recognized for its versatility, making it an effective approach for various areas of concern. Extensive research has supported CBT to be one of the most efficacious therapies.

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How Effective Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

According to a research study, CBT was more effective than other treatments, such as medication or placebo, for reducing the symptoms of depression (Hofmann, 2012).

Another study showed that CBT was more effective than other treatments for reducing the symptoms of anxiety disorders (Otte, 2011).

A further study showed that at two-year follow-up, 70% of the people who received CBT were relapse-free, compared to 45% of the people who received other treatments. At five-year follow-up, 55% of the people who received CBT were relapse-free, compared to 30% of the people who received other treatments” (Zhang, 2018).

An article published in APA PsycNet reported that “CBT has shown effectiveness across a range of eating disorders. It is often used as the primary psychotherapeutic intervention for bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and, more recently, for anorexia nervosa” (Agras, W. S., & Robinson, A. H., 2008).

Research from multiple areas highlights the effectiveness of CBT for various conditions. Research has shown that CBT not only helps reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety but also prevents relapse with multiple study participants living symptom-free for years after treatment. 

What Are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques?

Our empathetic therapists are adept at utilizing a variety of CBT techniques that include:

There are many CBT techniques your therapist can use to help you challenge negative emotions. Once you learn these skills you will be able to use them in your daily life to feel relief from symptoms and live a more fulfilling life.

How Do I Find a CBT Therapist in West Palm Beach?

To find a CBT therapist it is important to conduct research for a professional that meets your needs.

When looking for a therapist consider the following:

Choosing the right therapist involves consideration of various factors. Collaboration is a key factor in choosing a therapist

You can find a therapist by:

Many therapists have the education, credentials, and experience. However, it is also important to consider the therapist’s personality, approach, and ability to be intuitive in attending to your needs.

Call to schedule an appointment for CBT counseling today!

(561) 363-7994

What Are the Pros and Cons of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Here’s a look at the advantages and considerations for choosing CBT.

Some pros of CBT include:

Cons of CBT include:

CBT is a safe and effective treatment that can be used for a wide range of problems. Talk to your therapist about which CBT techniques may be right for you.

How Long Does CBT Therapy Last?

CBT is an evidence-based and effective therapy, but it is important to remember it is not a quick fix. Liz Chelak, MSW, CCTSI, CRPS recommends at least 12 sessions of CBT therapy to achieve lasting results, while other individuals may benefit from more. During your first session, your therapist will provide you with skills you can practice and use.

How Much Does CBT Cost?

We know that looking after your mental health is important, and we want to make sure you can afford the care you need. That’s why we offer different types of therapy sessions for cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

If you like to meet in person, you can choose from:

We ask you to pay half the price upfront to book your spot.

If you prefer to have your session virtually or online from the comfort of your home, we have that too.

These online CBT sessions cost less:

All you need to do is pay a $25 deposit to lock in your online or virtual session, no matter how long it is. This way, it’s easy and affordable for anyone to get the help they need.

We offer a variety of therapy options to fit your needs and budget. Learn more about the cost of therapy.

If you are struggling with a mental health condition, CBT may be a helpful treatment option for you. To learn more about CBT in West Palm Beach and to find a qualified therapist contact us today. We proudly serve Palm Beach County and the surrounding areas in person at various locations and virtually, making therapy more accessible to you.

Page Modified on Mar 30, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.