What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
One way to drastically improve mental health is through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This form of treatment gives you the tools to recognize unhealthy thinking. In addition, it exposes patterns that create unhealthy emotional responses and harm relationships. These unhealthy thinking patterns can even influence self-destructive behavior. Patients learn techniques to change unhealthy thought patterns. These new thought patterns, then, encourage an overall healthy lifestyle: emotional, physical and social. The treatment has proved helpful for people with many different mental health diagnoses.
The process of CBT is similar to psychotherapy but with a different goal. Psychotherapy is talk therapy that helps clinicians form a diagnosis. CBT also involves talk therapy. Its purpose is to help patients learn to recognize and solve habitual problems related to a disorder they have. As a result, seeking CBT can help you manage and work through symptoms, regardless of your diagnosis, so those symptoms do not control you anymore.
Continue With Your Medication
CBT is not a replacement for medication. Since the therapy helps people who have already been diagnosed, you should continue any prescribed medical regimen throughout the process in order to benefit fully. Therapists who use CBT obtain highly specialized training in order to meet the wide variety of needs of their patients. Through that training, they become equipped to help you replace unhealthy thought patterns and beliefs with thinking that will improve your life.
All mental health conditions can lead to unwanted, uncontrollable behavior. CBT, along with any recommended medication(s), can help you take control of your actions. By changing inappropriate thoughts about yourself and others, you can learn to be the person you want to be. Changing thoughts is not a matter of hypnosis; it is empowerment that helps you make your own choices and live the way you want to. You are the one who does the thinking, not your therapist.
So far, we have emphasized the value of CBT as a type of mental health treatment. It has also been shown to be useful for dealing with chronic pain. If you have a physical condition with overwhelming pain that prevents you from living the life you want to, CBT can help you manage that pain. The same process outlined above can help you to recognize and respond to untrue and unhealthy beliefs about your condition. Although changing thoughts will not make any underlying condition disappear, it can greatly influence the amount of pain you endure and how you live with it.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Tennessee
Many qualified professionals in Tennessee provide CBT. The most important part of finding a CBT therapist is looking at the credentials of the therapist and the company. For the therapist, their website or business card should include all official titles. In Tennessee, any Licensed Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Therapist or Clinical Social Worker will have the training necessary to effectively conduct CBT. For the clinic or company, the more varied its services, the more likely it will be to have a therapist to meet your needs.
At Encore Health Group, we have multiple therapists with all the necessary credentials to offer the help you require through CBT. We offer services for depression, anxiety, and other outpatient services. As such, we offer CBT to depression patients, anxiety patients and patients with any of the other conditions treated in our outpatient services. We also have therapists who offer CBT to help toward pain management and medication management. We have five locations throughout the Chattanooga area. Our therapists work most often with patients over the age of 50. Although this is our primary clientele, being over 50 is not a requirement to arrange an appointment with us and benefit from our services.
How to Contact Us
If you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder or chronic pain, the symptoms do not need to control you any longer. Cognitive behavioral therapy in Tennessee can help you get your life back. Please call us today at , and we will help you regain control over your thoughts, emotions, behavior and physical pain.