How Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help You Today

How Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help You Today

If you try to picture someone with mental illness in your mind versus someone with good mental health, you might find that there is no specific race, height, hair color, gender, clothing choice, or other features. Why? Because mental health issues do not discriminate. Anyone can be, at any given time, dealing with mental health disorders or be mentally healthy. In fact, it can be the same person at different stages of their life. 

The differences are on the inside, and these are differences that can be learned through cognitive behavioral therapy. 

Water Gap Wellness Center offers mental health treatment in Pennsylvania. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you manage symptoms of depression.

What is CBT?

CBT is a form of talk therapy that can help treat mental health disorders, including substance abuse. CBT sessions can provide short-term help with long-term benefits. 

One in four people will be diagnosed with some form of mental illness at some point in life. This means it is imperative to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, to talk about mental health needs, and to get treatment where necessary.  

CBT is grounded in Western empiricism, focused on the power of rational thought and science. This does not mean that emotions are bad or that you should shove them away. It is more about finding a balance between rationality and passion. 

One of the key ideas behind CBT treatment is that everyone looks at the world through a subjective lens. This comes from your background, what you have experienced in the world or been exposed to. 

How Can CBT Help?

How can CBT help? CBT treatment can help you determine what you can change and what you can’t. 

In either case, there are things you can do to lessen suffering and improve your quality of life. Sometimes that means following a program to genuinely change something about yourself, but it often means learning to accept or even value things about yourself or your world that are outside of your control. 

In effect, CBT can promote better mental health. 

However, like most forms of mental health treatment, You get out of it what you put into it. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be thought of as getting a gym membership for your brain. Getting the membership on its own doesn’t make you any healthier. You have to go to the gym or attend your CBT sessions, and you have to work at it and do your part to make changes. 

How Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help with Change?

How can cognitive behavioral therapy help with change? CBT treatments can help you change on biological, psychological, and social levels. 

  • Biological changes might require medicine or continued neuroscience. 
  • Psychological changes can involve adaptive emotions or cognitions. 
  • Social changes can be changes to a relationship, like with a significant other, within your community, or society at large. 

Many people think there are things that are unchangeable. For example:

Many adults might believe that race is something that cannot possibly be changed. And yet, adults who undergo genealogical tests might learn that they have lineage aside from what they grew up knowing about. While this doesn’t change their genetic composition, it can change how they view themselves and their race.

Similarly, adults might believe that something like height in adulthood can’t possibly be changed. And yet, as people age, it’s common to lose a few inches, particularly in old age.

On the other end, many people believe in things that can absolutely be changed. For example:

Many adults might believe that they can change their social skills. Yet, personality types like introversion or extroversion have a profound impact on one’s ability to acquire and apply social skills. 

This goes to show that change is not just an internal thing we can or cannot control but something that is also influenced by external factors. Even if we can’t change something, we might be able to change how we think about it or respond to it. 

These are critical lessons that can be taught during cognitive behavioral therapy. These lessons can help you better appreciate. 

During your sessions, you will learn how your thoughts influence your behavior. This is when you typically think about your thoughts and respond emotionally to your emotions. Sessions can trigger things like:

  • Ideas
  • Excitement
  • Boredom
  • Agreement
  • Disagreement
  • Anger
  • Frustration

But these feelings are just cognition in action. When you feel or think things, good or bad, you have a chance to dig deeper and figure out why you are responding that way. From there, you might possibly learn how to control or change it. During your sessions, you can learn how to change your thoughts, how your brain functions, and how you behave as a result of those thoughts.

If you are struggling with a mental health disorder, it’s essential that you get help from a licensed mental health facility. Water Gap Wellness Center can provide cognitive behavioral therapy sessions to treat multiple types of mental health disorders.

Mental health treatment centers like Water Gap Wellness Center offer individualized depression treatment programs for mental health. Call our team today to learn more about our treatment center. 

About WGWC

Water Gap Wellness Center offers expert and compassionate treatment for mental health and substance abuse at our Pennsylvania facility, just outside New Jersey, a short drive from New York. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you today. 

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