What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapy treatment strategy focused on changing destructive thought processes that lead to negative feelings or harmful behaviors. By guiding patients in the identification of factors that trigger anxious feelings, depressed thoughts, and other negative effects, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Julie Pittman and our nurse practitioners can help patients alter their response to stressful situations or mental health conditions and better cope when challenges in life arise. The goal of cognitive behavioral therapy at Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery is to help patients distinguish harmful from helpful feelings, redirect their thought processes, develop appropriate coping skills, and modify their behaviors to respond to situations in a more positive way. Please contact our Arlington, TX practice to schedule an appointment, and learn more about cognitive behavioral therapy.
What Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treat?
Typically a short-term treatment, CBT at Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery may be implemented to help adolescents and adults manage symptoms of:
- Panic disorders
- Eating disorders
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Sex and gambling addictions
- Anger problems
- Personality disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
- Other psychological conditions
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"Dr. Pittman is an outstanding psychiatrist. She has a wonderful bedside manner. She is kind, compassionate and posses integrity. She cares! She knows her medications. I think of her as a pioneer in her field. I can talk to her about anything. I haven't had this type of experience before with a psychiatrist. She is paving the way for hopefully how psychiatry will be handled in the future. Thank you Dr. Pittman."- JS / Office Visit / Apr 29, 2021
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"The staff here genuinely care about your well-being. I, unfortunately have dealt with mental health troubles my whole life. I never felt like I was making progress or really getting solid help until coming to PPR. I would highly recommend anyone considering seeking help for mental health or recovery, come here right away. You will not be sorry."- DM / Office Visit / Apr 10, 2021
How Does CBT Work?
CBT sessions at our Arlington, TX practice generally take a structured, goal-oriented approach. Dr. Pittman and our team will begin by listening to your concerns and helping to pinpoint problems or issues that may elicit negative thoughts or other symptoms. Once these triggers are identified, we will help you establish goals to work toward changing your thinking, perception, and reaction to negative stimuli in your life. CBT is usually carried out in a series of small steps, generally over the course of several weeks or months, and may be combined with medication or other treatment modalities.
Learn More About CBT
Essentially, cognitive behavioral therapy works to replace negative, distorted thoughts and other symptoms of mental health concerns with coping skills that are positive and healthy. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or other conditions, please call Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery in Arlington, TX to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment. Dr. Pittman and our team offer skilled, experienced psychiatric care and can help you determine if CBT is right for your needs.