What is Cognitive Therapy?
In Cognitive Therapy, clients learn to modify thinking patterns that contribute to life problems. When we are depressed or anxious for example, we tend to see ourselves, other people, and the world through a negative lens. When we are anxious, we tend to view situations as dangerous or threatening. When depressed, we tend to view situations as hopeless. Over time, these perceptions tend to become ingrained and difficult to change.
We at the HVCCT believe that our goal is to help our clients become their own therapists. We strive to empower our clients so that they can cope more effectively with lifeâ€™s challenges.
Effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy
Cognitive Therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be highly effective in hundreds of clinical studies. Results overwhelmingly support the effectiveness of Cognitive Therapy for a wide range of problems -- most notably depression and anxiety disorders. In addition, a growing number of studies is addressing the efficacy of Cognitive Therapy in treating such problems as relationship difficulties, eating disorders, bipolar disorder (with medication), personality disorders, and others.
For more information, see The Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research.
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