Is CBT/Exposure Therapy Right For You?

For those that are struggling with anxiety and depression, there are many different approaches that can be used in therapy to help treat them. Some therapies have more evidence of success than others, but every patient should be approached as the unique individual they are – one that adapts to your personality and character.

One of the most highly regarded approaches to therapy in the field of psychology is cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT.

Why CBT For Anxiety and Depression?

CBT is not the only approach that works, nor should it be used with every patient. But CBT is a very effective form of mental health treatment. CBT focuses on the maladaptive thoughts that lead to negative emotions, and often involves having the person utilize new and healthy patterns.

Essentially, cognitive behavioral therapy gives people actionable changes that help them address their negative thinking, and tools that they can use to overcome the distress. It is also a time limited approach, which means that the patient is expected to be recovering within a very specific timeframe. By learning to confront these difficult situations, thoughts, and emotions, the person is able to feel relief from their anxiety and depression.

Is CBT Right For Everyone?

By pushing people to confront their issues, they are able to learn to control how those issues make them feel. For anyone in distress about anxiety and depression, it is a treatment that is worth exploring.

But it is also not right for everyone. Not everyone is responsive to this type of treatment and may require other approaches. For example, CBT focuses on symptoms, while other approaches focus on a person’s broader experiences, personality, and approach to life.

Also, because CBT is time limited, those that simply need someone to talk to in order to address their stresses may require further treatments and sessions. CBT itself isn’t designed for that, and so it may be a good idea to consider further counseling even after your CBT treatment.

Still, cognitive behavioral therapy remains one of the most effective, successful forms of therapy out there. As a therapist on Long Island, I believe very strongly in looking at you as an individual, and trying to determine what will provide you with the most help, whether that is CBT or some other approach. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, please call me today to get started.