Does anxiety stop you from living the life you want to live? Does it seem like you can’t slow down your mind? Are you tense and irritable? Learning skills to help change this is the focus of CBT with a mindfulness component.
Cognitive therapy is based on the idea that how we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally. Often, it is our perceptions which need changing – somehow we are distorting what we see. So it is not a situation which directly affects how you feel but rather, your thoughts about the situation.
For example, we may avoid certain actions due our own thoughts of danger. In CBT we will examine these thoughts, and may find evidence to the contrary. We will use a gentle yet systematic process of skill development, as well as gradual exposure to the feared elements in your life. P
anic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias and free-floating anxiety are some of the most studied disorders utilizing CBT. The evidence is overwhelming that CBT provides symptom relief, often within four weeks. Of course, this assumes that the you are practicing homework and techniques between sessions, attending sessions regularly, and thoroughly engaging with the process.