People across the world struggle with anxiety and depression. Many battling these and other mental illnesses struggle silently in isolation. Both anxiety and depression can make it hard to connect with others and sustain healthy relationships. It can be equally hard for loved ones to understand anxiety and depression’s effects. Today, countless therapy options provide support for these and other mental health conditions like bipolar disorder. Some programs treat dual diagnosis: these support addiction treatment and recovery alongside mental health. One of the most common types of therapy today is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of therapy can help people manage their emotions and improve relationships with loved ones.
What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, also called CBT, is a popular type of talk therapy. During 1-hour sessions, the therapist and client sit together and talk through life stressors and coping strategies. CBT helps people implement change in behavior and emotional state over time. Therapists provide small, manageable steps to help clients cope with anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. CBT can help clients rewire their brains, gain a new perspective on their situation, and cultivate meaningful relationships.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy challenges and changes a person’s behavior. Clients shift their mental state to change physical behaviors. Doing this can help people understand and regulate emotions. It also provides easy-to-use tools and coping strategies for daily life. This type of therapy usually lasts for several months or longer. CBT is one of the most commonly used types of talk therapy because it works.
How Can Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Help?
CTB can help those struggling with depression and anxiety cultivate deeper relationships to engage with the outside world. It can also help them understand their triggers, behaviors, and social patterns. People learn to see the big picture rather than details that keep them from fully living their lives. CBT works slowly to help clients rewire their thought patterns and behavior. For example, someone struggling with social anxiety may start with several sessions focused on imagining a social situation. Through this strategy, therapists make clients comfortable with uncomfortable situations before they encounter them in real life. Consider CBT if you are struggling with any of the following conditions:
- Substance use disorder
- Bipolar disorder
This type of therapy helps clients communicate their mental health struggles more clearly to loved ones. This can help loved ones better understand anxiety or depression. CBT fosters open communication between loved ones. They can even use CBT in couples’ therapy sessions. Cognitive-behavioral therapy provides easy-to-use tools clients can use to foster better relationships. CBT can also make clients aware of toxic relationship patterns and when it’s time to leave relationships for their own health and well-being.
Find a CBT Therapist Today at San Diego’s Soledad House
People from all walks of life practice cognitive-behavioral therapy every day. This gentle form of talk therapy can help clients manage their anxiety and depression. Clients feel less alone and isolated. They are also more willing to ask loved ones for help. If you or a woman you love might benefit from CBT, call Soledad House today.
Based in sunny San Diego, or faith-based programs serve women across Southern California. We pair Christian faith with addiction recovery treatments and therapies, including CBT. Our therapists use EMDR and talk therapy to address addiction, past trauma, and mental illness. We believe in holistic healing in a safe, nurturing environment just for women. Call us today at 866.314.3222 to learn more about our CBT therapy programs and other treatment programs at Soledad House.