NYC Therapist Talks: Anxiety & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

NYC Therapist Talks: Anxiety & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as effective treatment according to NIH website

A type of psychotherapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is very useful in treating anxiety disorders. The cognitive part helps people change the thinking patterns that support their fears, and the behavioral part helps people change the way they react to anxiety-provoking situations.

For example, people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who fear dirt and germs are encouraged to get their hands dirty and wait increasing amounts of time before washing them. The therapist helps the person cope with the anxiety that waiting produces. After the exercise has been repeated a number of times, the anxiety may lessen.

CBT can help people with social phobia learn how to overcome the belief that others are always watching and judging them. When people are ready to confront their fears, they are shown how to use exposure techniques to desensitize themselves to situations that trigger their anxieties. (Read Article)

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based style of therapy, and NYC Therapist has found a particular style of CBT, rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) as particularly accessible to clients who are struggling with anxiety and many other emotional conflicts.  The National Institute of Health website doesn't mention Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic, or using an "eclectic" mix of interventions.  Finding the right therapist for your situation is important.  You have to kind of feel out the vibe to see if you're going to be able to establish rapport with this person (an important factor in successful therapy), as well as do a bit of research on your end about the styles of therapy that therapists practice.  If you're dealing with anxiety, do you want to be talking about why you're anxious (which, who can really tell you that with 100% certainty?!) or do you want to work on how to identify and change your thinking so you can move past the anxiety?  Feel better or get better?

 

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