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
"Laurie Smith is wonderful and has been a great influence in my life the past year. Truly made a huge difference in my health. 10/10. Thank you!!"- EB / Office Visit / Nov 10, 2021
"Dr. Pittman is a real gem. She listens and actually hears what I have to say. Very knowledgeable and compassionate. I?m blessed to have her as my provider."- JS / Office Visit / Nov 10, 2021
"My daughter met with Laurie Smith this week and I was very impressed by her knowledge, patience, and technique. They were able to work us in to visit within a few days of me calling. Laurie took her time in getting to know my daughter and understanding as many facets of her mental health as possible. This group does not take insurance, however, Laurie was worth every penny spent. We look forward to future visits and care and I am optimistic about the future of my child's mental health."- DH / Office Visit / Nov 03, 2021
"Dr. Pittman is a great doctor. She actually listens, spends time with me, makes a real effort to understand what's up, and includes me in the decision making. She is truly interested in doing what is best for me, not just following some textbook decision tree. Would highly recommend Dr. Pittman for psychiatric, substance abuse/addiction, and obesity concerns."- RD / Office Visit / Sep 15, 2021
"Five stars! I cannot say enough about how great Dr. Pittman and staff are. They are efficient and truly care about you as an individual."- TF / Office Visit / Sep 12, 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.