CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is an evidence-based, action-oriented psychological treatment that focuses on the way people think (cognitive) and act (behavioral). Every time you have a thought, your brain releases powerful chemicals that change the way you feel and behave. Positive thoughts help you feel happy, motivated and relaxed, while negative thoughts make you feel anxious, depressed, hungry and/or angry.
The problem is that most people tend to believe that all of their thoughts, including the negative ones, must be trueâ€”never taking the time to evaluate and question them. Left unchecked, automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) can ruin your life.
CBT focuses on correcting negative thinking patterns and developing accurate, more positive thinking skills, which in turn changes your behavior and can help boost your mood, motivation and determination. Research shows that these techniques can be as effective as anti-depressant medication for anxiety and depression.
Available at these Amen Clinics: Southern California