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  • Unlock Your Potential with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    Hello worriers, overthinkers…and everyone else! You may want to take a minute to read this as it could help you.

    If your unfamiliar with our practice approaches, we utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a proven and effective approach to help you overcome obstacles and improve your quality of life. In this blog, we’ll dive into what CBT is, how it works, and how it can help you break free from negative thought patterns and behaviors.

    What is Cognitive Behavorial Therapy? 

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been extensively researched and shown to be effective for a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, and marital problems. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and that changing negative thought patterns can lead to changes in emotions and behaviors. This approach is not just about understanding your problems but actively working to change the way you think and act.

    The Cognitive Triangle: Connecting Thoughts, Emotions, and Behaviors

    One of the core components of CBT is the cognitive triangle, a tool that helps illustrate the connections between our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Imagine a triangle where each point represents one of these elements. When you experience a negative thought, it can lead to negative emotions, which in turn can result in unhelpful or harmful behaviors. 

    For example, if you believe “I’m not good enough,” you may feel anxious or depressed, leading you to avoid social situations or important tasks, thereby reinforcing that negative belief.

    To break this cycle, CBT encourages you to challenge and change these negative thoughts. By identifying and questioning your core beliefs—those ingrained thoughts that often go unexamined—you can begin to see things in a new, more positive light. This shift not only alters your emotional state but also leads to healthier, more constructive behaviors.

    How to Challenge Core Beliefs: A Practical Approach

    1. Identify Negative Thoughts: Begin by keeping a journal to track your thoughts, especially in situations that trigger strong emotions. What are the recurring negative thoughts you notice?
    2. Question Their Validity: Ask yourself if these thoughts are based on facts or assumptions. Are they exaggerated or biased? Would you say the same things to a friend in a similar situation?
    3. Replace with Positive Thoughts: Once you’ve identified and questioned your negative thoughts, work on replacing them with more balanced, positive ones. For example, instead of thinking “I’m a failure,” remind yourself of your achievements and strengths.
    4. Practice New Behaviors: With your new, positive thoughts, try engaging in behaviors that reflect these beliefs. If you now believe “I can handle social situations,” start small by attending a gathering or meeting a friend for coffee.

    At Cardinal Hope Mental Health Counseling, we are committed to helping you unlock your potential and lead a fulfilling life. Our skilled therapists are trained in CBT and ready to guide you through this journey of self-discovery and change. If you’re ready to take the first step, contact us today to schedule an appointment.


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