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INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING SERVICES

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

Psychology and Spirituality agree:  Your thoughts create your emotions, actions and relationships. 

  • The Bible says in Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” (NLT)

  • Epictetus the philosopher wrote, “It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

  • The Buddha also said, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world”

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) arose out of this simple truth and now has helped millions of people recover from depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders and relationship problems. The modern CBT approach was pioneered by Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck among others and David Burns is furthering the approach with T.E.A.M.- CBT. It’s one of the best researched and effective forms of psychotherapy that exists, and it all hinges on the powerful truth that we feel the way we think.

Let’s do an experiment.  What are you feeling when you read the above? 

If you are feeling hopeful, it’s likely because you are thinking something along the lines of, “that makes sense, I think this could help me.”

If you are feeling skeptical, it may be because you are thinking, “that sounds too simplistic. It’s too good to be true.”

If you are feeling annoyed or angry, it may be because you are thinking, “that can’t be true, my life is in shambles, that’s why I feel bad.”*

Is there a connection between that thought and what you were feeling?

Negative, or distorted, thinking is what causes all our emotional suffering (which is distinct from healthy grief).  When we learn to identify distorted, negative thoughts, and find the right techniques to crush them, we can feel better very quickly.

If you are starting to get the picture and this is making sense to you, CBT will be a powerful and effective approach for you. We can’t wait to assist you with the tools and techniques to help you change your thinking! 

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EMDR: EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING THERAPY

EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and PTSD symptoms. Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes showing EMDR therapy as a helpful treatment for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences. 
(from emdria.org)

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