The goal is to change troublesome thought patterns or behaviors and promote positive feelings. As the name suggests, we will challenge uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, and encourage positive actions.
At the heart of CBT is challenging our "core beliefs."These are automatic thoughts that have been established in childhood and are relatively fixed. These beliefs are usually not very transparent, but serve as the foundation for our thoughts and actions. By discussing our daily thoughts and actions, we can discover these core beliefs and automatic thoughts. If core beliefs are significantly interfering with one’s life, we need to change them! That is where the depth of our work together begins. CBT is highly effective in addressing underlying thoughts that contribute to personal, relational, and psychological issues.
As a licensed clinical social worker, I have extensive training and experience using this treatment approach with children, adolescents,adults, and families. I have successfully used CBT in treating mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.
CBT can help children look at their thoughts and feelings. It teaches your child how to replace negative thoughts with more positive,realistic ones. CBT can be useful for children experiencing a variety of difficulties with friendships, success at school, relationships at home, and other life stressors.
For example, if a child thinks, “I am not good at school,” I can help them challenge the thought, and replace it with a more positive one, such as “I am good at lots of things” or “If I practice, I will get better.”
Your child and I will engage in active discussions and work together in this process. We will also set positive and realistic goals. Your child may be given assignments to practice strategies learned during our sessions. While we will likely spend some time together discussing past events which have contributed to the present problems, that is not the primary focus of treatment. The goal is to analyze the core beliefs which have usually begun long ago, and continue into the present. We will discuss how they interfere with your child’s life, and what steps they can take to make changes.
I use CBT because it encourages positive thinking and behavior.My goal is to help your child experience results and maximize their potential for growth and success.