Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Teaches Coping Skills

Psychotherapy Care

Although talking about your emotions and challenges with friends or family members is helpful, psychotherapy or talk therapy, is about much more than simply talking. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), are common forms of psychotherapy. Both are solution-focused approaches that help you be more aware of negative or distorted thoughts and emotions so that you can counter them with more positive, effective responses. Working with a therapist, CBT and DBT can be very beneficial for:

  • Major depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Cognitive behavioral therapy, often referred to by patients as counseling, is also helpful if you’re going through a stressful situation such as grief, divorce, or a chronic illness.

CBT, DBT, and other forms of psychotherapy can be done one-on-one with a therapist, with your family or loved ones, or in a group setting, depending on your unique situation and your therapist’s recommendations. Often psychotherapy is used in conjunction with medications and other treatments.

The mental health experts at Penn Highlands are qualified to lead people of all ages — from children and adolescents to seniors — through psychotherapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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