Emotions, thoughts and behaviors all influence each other. This forms the basis for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). We build rules to live by to defend against certain negative core beliefs that are painful to experience. Out of these rules come automatic or habitual thoughts that can become so rigid that they lead to distorted perspectives. We engage in all-or-nothing thinking and “fortune-telling” the future. We filter out the good in life and obsess on the negatives. Our emotions fall out of balance and our behaviors spin out of control.
If you’ve used CBT, you know it is reality-based and effective. If you haven’t, we can work with you to understand how your automatic thoughts often undermine healthy behaviors. There’s an old 12 Step saying, “Move a muscle, change a thought,” and through our knowledge of CBT, we’ll show you how.