Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Gordon Psychology Group

Intensive Outpatient Program & Partial Hospitalization Center located in Laguna Hills, CA

When it comes to mental disorders or illnesses, there’s rarely a magic bullet treatment that offers immediate relief. There are, however, therapies that provide you with the tools you need for a lifetime of success, namely cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). At Gordon Psychology Group, Dr. William Gordon and his staff turn to CBT to help their patients in Laguna Hills, California, gain the upper hand on a number of different mental health issues. To learn more, call the office.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Q & A

What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

CBT is a form of talk therapy in which you and your doctor work together to identify negative thought patterns and behaviors and then find ways to respond more healthily. This type of therapy is solution-oriented, which means that you won’t spend time exploring your past, but you will, instead, figure out how you can function better moving forward.

This proactive approach to mental health helps you:

  • Manage your emotions
  • Reframe your negative thoughts
  • Communicate better
  • Resolve conflict
  • Cope with grief

Ultimately, the goal of the CBT at Gordon Psychology Group is to do away with self-destructive thinking and behaviors and replace them with more positive reactions and assessments in order to help you achieve your goals.

What conditions can cognitive behavioral therapy help?

Because of its broad, proactive scope, CBT can help with a number of different mental health issues, such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive behavior (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Phobias
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • Sleep disorders

The CBT at Gordon Psychology Group offers actionable solutions that help you navigate your way forward with a healthier state of mind.

What happens during cognitive behavioral therapy?

Since CBT is classified as talk therapy, you can expect to do a lot of that with your doctor. During your first sessions, Dr. Gordon or one of his team members sits down with you to discuss your thoughts and behaviors and how they’re affecting your life. The first step is to identify the emotions that are driving you in a negative way.

Once you have a clear idea of what your triggers are, your doctor encourages you to reframe these situations in order to elicit more positive reactions. Your doctor may give you some homework to do in between sessions, which helps cement these new patterns.

With time, you’ll be more aware of your thoughts and behaviors and how they fall into negative patterns. With this awareness, you can prevent the pattern from developing in the first place by heading in with a more positive approach.

CBT takes time, but the results are meant to serve you well far into the future, allowing you to better handle most any situation that arises.

To explore how CBT can help you, call Gordon Psychology Group or fill out the online form to request a consultation.