What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a practical, goal-oriented form of therapy that is focused on the present and future to help you solve current problems as well as resolve long-standing issues that are affecting you today. CBT is the most heavily researched from of therapy and is the “gold standard” for anxiety disorders, OCD and OCD spectrum disorders, eating disorders and many other problems. CBT is effective with adults, children and teenagers.
At the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Silicon Valley (San Jose/Saratoga) and Sacramento Valley (Roseville), you’ll learn skills to increase positive emotions, optimism and resilience while letting go of unhelpful ways of thinking, problematic behaviors and intense emotions. The unique features of CBT include:
- Goal-Oriented and Focused: You won’t just talk about your problems. Your therapist will help you set clear, measurable goals, develop action plans and monitor progress. We keep every session relevant and focused on your current problems.
- Evidence-Based and Personalized: In hundreds of research studies, CBT has been shown to be effective for a wide variety of problems. We keep up-to-date on latest research and methods while personalizing your treatment plan to your unique needs.
- Time and Cost Effective: Because CBT is goal-oriented, evidence-based and focused, you can often achieve more progress in a shorter amount of time than in traditional talk therapy.
- Active and Collaborative: In CBT, you and your therapist are partners. You will be expected to take an active role in therapy sessions and to complete homework assignments in between sessions.
- Compassionate and Client-Oriented: While helping you make positive changes in your life, your therapist will listen, empathize and develop a safe and trusting relationship with you.
How Long Does Cognitive Behavior Therapy Last?
Compared to traditional talk therapy, CBT is considered a short-term therapy because it is goal-oriented and focused on specific problems with action items for you to work on every week. At the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Silicon Valley (San Jose/Saratoga) and Sacramento Valley (Roseville), CBT typically lasts from 12-20 sessions over 3-6 months. For people with many different goals or complex, long standing problems, therapy may be longer term.
The length of therapy depends on several factors: how motivated you are to change, the number and complexity of the problems you need help solving, how committed you are to completing your homework, how often we meet and for how long, and how long standing and deeply rooted your problems are.
What Happens during Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
The first step is to schedule an Initial Evaluation Session at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Silicon Valley (San Jose/Saratoga) or Sacramento Valley (Roseville). This session includes completing questionnaires, reviewing the therapy agreement, and conducting a thorough assessment of your history and the issues that brought you to counseling. If we decide to move forward with treatment, we will collaboratively develop a plan including your goals for therapy and a strategy for change.
The treatment phase is the active phase of therapy. This stage involves learning new skills and thought patterns and trying out new behaviors to reduce negative symptoms and increase positive thoughts, feelings and behaviors. We will experiment with different techniques in session and through homework to discover what works for you.
An important component of cognitive behavior therapy is homework. Research indicates that clients who complete activities and assignments in between sessions get better much faster than those who don’t. Homework might entail reading assignments, tracking your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, practicing responding to your thoughts more realistically and/or experimenting with doing things differently in between sessions. If you are not motivated to practice skills in between sessions i.e. you tend to “forget” to do your homework, CBT may not be effective for you and we do not recommend starting CBT until you are committed and motivated.
How Will I Know I Am Improving and When Will I Be Ready to End Therapy?
You will be asked to complete a brief mood survey at every session as well as tell your therapist how you are feeling and what’s improving in your life. Therapy is like climbing a mountain. You’ll have ups and downs and twists and turns on the road to recovery. If you keep trying, put in the effort, and don’t give up, you will see improvement.
Your therapist at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Silicon Valley (San Jose/Saratoga) and Sacramento Valley (Roseville) will look for several things to determine that you may be ready to end therapy:
- You have experienced a significant decline in the symptoms that brought you in and you are feeling consistently better than you did before.
- You have made positive changes in your life and are reaching your therapy goals.
- You are prepared to handle future problems and feel confident that you have the skills to bounce back relatively quickly.
How to Find Cognitive Behavior Therapy in San Jose/Saratoga and Sacramento/Roseville
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in Silicon Valley (San Jose/Saratoga) and Sacramento Valley (Roseville) specializes in cognitive behavior therapy with adults, children and teenagers. Call us in Saratoga at (408) 384-8404 or in Roseville at (916) 778-0771 or Click to send an email for more information on how we can help you using cognitive behavior therapy.
Silicon Valley and Sacramento Valley Communities We Serve
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley offers evidence-based therapy for Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders near the following Silicon Valley/San Jose communities:
San Jose Therapy Counseling • Saratoga Therapy Counseling • Los Gatos Therapy Counseling • Monte Sereno Therapy Counseling • Cupertino Therapy Counseling • Campbell Therapy Counseling • Mountain View Therapy Counseling • Los Altos Therapy Counseling • Sunnyvale Therapy Counseling • Santa Clara Therapy Counseling
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley offers evidence-based therapy for Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Eating Disorders near the following Sacramento Valley and Sierra communities:
Sacramento Therapy Counseling • Roseville Therapy Counseling • Rocklin Therapy Counseling • Granite Bay Therapy Counseling • Lincoln Therapy Counseling • Folsom Therapy Counseling • Citrus Heights Therapy Counseling • El Dorado Hills Therapy Counseling • Loomis Therapy Counseling • Grass Valley Therapy Counseling • Auburn Therapy Counseling
Saratoga: (408) 384-8404
Roseville: (916) 778-0771
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