How would you characterize your internal dialogue? Are you generally kind to yourself, or do you berate yourself for your perceived failings?
When your internal dialogue is overwhelmingly negative, it can have a profound effect on your health. It’s easier to get worked up about something when the thoughts in your head leap from one negative thought to the next.
If you feel that you overanalyze events or have a pervasive pessimistic outlook, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you take charge over your thoughts and your life. CBT teaches a new way of thinking so that instead of having thoughts that are automatically negative, you can learn new patterns of more realistic, positive thinking.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can be integrated into the treatment plan of virtually any behavioral health concern. In fact, it is useful for anyone who wants to learn how to better manage and respond to stressful events.
CBT is commonly used to treat:
A therapist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy will guide you in recognizing your automatic, negative thought patterns. You may not even be aware of these thoughts at first, but will soon be able to identify them when they occur.
Your CBT therapist will work with you to replace the negative thoughts with positive ones. You will be able to think more rationally when presented with a challenging situation instead of letting your emotions take over and get you down. With CBT, your therapist will provide you with a roadmap to better living, with clear goals and actionable items along the way.
The therapists at Elements Behavioral Health are experienced in applying CBT to many different behavioral health concerns, including dual diagnosis.
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