Our life experiences shape our thinking about the world and impact our behavior, emotions, and physiology. Unhelpful or distorted thoughts can bring up uncomfortable emotions and cause us to behave in ways that go against our best interests.
Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you identify unhelpful thought patterns and actively re-frame them in ways that are more realistic and less harmful, improving your well-being. Strategies might include learning to recognize distorted thinking, understanding others’ behaviors and motivations, and developing self-confidence. Behavioral strategies might include facing fears instead of avoiding them, using role-playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with others, and learning to calm your mind and relax your body. Research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy provides you with the tools and strategies to change your thinking, problematic emotions, and behaviors. At Hills Neuroscience, we complete a comprehensive assessment to help you gain perspective on your thoughts and behavior patterns and understand how they influence one another. Therapy sessions enhance your self-awareness and teach you communication and other skills to fully engage in your life.
Sometimes, we behave in a way that perpetuates or fuels the discomfort we are attempting to escape. For example, someone struggling with intrusive depressive thoughts might withdraw from family and friends, worsening feelings of loneliness and depression. Re-engaging in the world can feel overwhelming. We use gradual exposure therapy to help people reconnect socially, address fears, and work through anxiety.
Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches you to communicate with the people in your life and use self-talk to reframe problematic thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It also trains you to use calming behaviors to address difficult emotions. For example, the emotions of fear and anxiety can create a physical response in the form of a racing heart, shallow breathing, and sweaty palms. The behavior of breathing “low and slow” can calm your physical response and lessen feelings of anxiety.
We combine cognitive behavioral therapy with neurofeedback and biofeedback to make you more aware of your physical responses to specific thoughts and feelings. Even if you’re struggling to describe in words how your body is responding to a situation, we can provide you with rapid feedback on how your body is responding. This can lead to a greater understanding of the connections between your body and mind and help you develop techniques to function optimally.
Many of our services can be conducted via phone or video conference – all in compliance with HIPAA privacy standards.
Contact us to schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation to learn more and see if our integrative psychology services are right for you.