Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building Map & directions 713 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13210 Phone: 315 464-3115 Office Hours: 8:30am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
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Biljana Atanasovska, 315 464-3190
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a structured, problem focused psychological treatment approach in which the therapist teaches specific strategies to improve the client's well-being and overall functioning. Research has shown that CBT is an effective treatment, equal to or better than medications in many circumstances for a wide range of problems including depression and anxiety disorders.
A basic premise of CBT is that your thoughts and beliefs have the greatest impact on how you feel and behave. Anxiety and depression are seen as a result of distorted thinking patterns that determine the way a person interprets the events in his or her life. These learned, automatic thought patterns have a profound effect on how a person feels and behaves.
How Cognitive Behavior Therapy Works
CBT aims to help clients modify their thinking patterns. Treatment focuses on helping clients adopt a realistic, more accurate perspective that affects emotions in a positive way.
CBT involves developing new behaviors and unlearning old behaviors that are maintaining anxiety or depression. Strategies may include some of the following:
Confronting feared situations with goal of overcoming fears
Scheduling activities that provide mastery and pleasure
Developing skills to improve relationships, be assertive, speak effectively in public or get along with others
Learning to problem-solve or make effective decisions
Advantages of Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Research-based with demonstrated effectiveness
Short-term (12-15 sessions on average)
Cost-effective (due to fewer sessions)
Skill building focus reduces length of treatment and risk for relapse