NJ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): The Basics

If you’re looking for NJ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for yourself or your teen, call (908) 256-6965 or e-mail info@blueprintmentalhealth today.

At Blueprint Mental Health, we talk A LOT about Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). However, most people are more familiar with a very similar type of therapy: CBT.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT, is the foundation for more progressive therapies like DBT. In fact, DBT is often considered a type or modified version of CBT.

So what is CBT?

CBT is a form of talk-therapy. According to Wikipedia, CBT is “the most widely used evidence-based practice for improving mental health.”

In more free-form talk therapy, clients often lack the structure needed to fully process the ideas and feelings that they are expressing to their therapist.

CBT provides this structure, asking clients to be very specific and detailed in how they identify and discuss experiences or emotions. CBT also focuses on resolution, encouraging clients to establish reasonable goals for overcoming problems or coping with emotions.

The first step to CBT is identifying your emotions, both positive and negative. In order to change and improve one’s mental health, it is important to be aware of and recognize the thoughts, feelings, and patterns that contribute to anxiety or depression.

CBT also asks us to identify adverse conditions that we experience externally. These might be uncomfortable situations, stressful relationships or jobs, etc.

Through identifying these emotions and experiences, you can better connect them.

Upon gaining a greater understanding of your experiences, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, you can begin to challenge and reshape negative thought patterns.

Are my worries and fears based in objective truth or fact? Are they reasonable and rational? Is my thinking consistent with reality or merely my perception of reality?

While confronting and connecting your emotions can be very challenging, a good CBT therapist should help you work through these processes.

NJ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Blueprint Mental Health

Blueprint Mental Health offers boutique mental health services to teens and young adults in New Jersey. We specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder, as well as DBT for adolescents. We use evidence and skills-based therapies to help improve the lives of individuals and their families.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (908) 256-6965 or e-mail info@blueprintmentalhealth.com.

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