Manhattan Cognitive Behavioral Associates - New York
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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Rationale and Overview. The overall goal in cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT] is to modify one's thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions, and to change one's usual pattern of behaving. Modifying the way in which you think can facilitate both emotional and behavioral change. Altering the way you act can result in cognitive and emotional change. Essentially, we want you to feel more in control of your own life.

CBT therapists believe that one's perceptions of situations are important in the development of negative emotional states. Negative emotions are created when an individual interprets situations with a distorted bias. For example, depressed patients may hold a negative view of themselves, the world, and the future, which may cause or aggravate a depressed mood.

Behavior therapists believe that problem behaviors and skill deficits cause and/or maintain emotional distress. Behavioral changes can therefore facilitate mood improvements. For instance, learning relaxation skills leads to alleviation of anxiety

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Basics. Though the specific techniques and interventions may differ depending upon the symptoms that are targeted for change, the following are fundamental characteristics of cognitive behavioral therapy.


Empirically-based. Research has shown that CBT can be highly effective in the treatment of many clinical problems.

· Goal-oriented. You will work with your therapist to establish goals for treatment and monitor your progress to assess whether desired changes have been made.
· Problem-focused. Treatment is tailored individually to address concrete problems and to reduce specific symptoms.
· Collaborative. Your therapist will work with you to identify and understand your problems and to make changes in your life.
· Active. Your therapist will educate you about your problems and help you to understand potential underlying causes and solutions to them. You will be asked to work in between sessions, practicing the techniques you learned in session.
· Homework. Given the active nature of cognitive-behavior therapy, homework is often assigned to facilitate the therapeutic process.

General Information about Our Approach. Although cognitive behavioral therapy interventions are the primary techniques we will use to help you make changes in your life, we will work with you in a flexible and comprehensive manner to best meet your needs. If therapeutically indicated, we will discuss with you the possibility of supplementing your treatment with medication and provide referrals to experienced psychopharmacologists.

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