CBT stands for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Among its very effective tools, the fundamental principle of CBT proposes that our thoughts affect our emotions, which affect our behaviors. On a good day, it looks something like this: I think to myself “this isn’t that hard,” so I feel “confident,” “interested” and/or “able,” which motivates me to pursue or give it a try.
However if it’s one of those days when the negative self-talk is at its loudest? Then the relationship between our thoughts, emotions and behaviors can be very unhealthy. Imagine a day where you think to yourself “I won’t get the job, there are so many people better than me.” These thoughts lead to feeling anxious, scared, and/or doubtful. You are now more likely to delay or avoid an action or a decision. This relationship helps to understand that behind unhealthy behaviors or intense emotions lay unhealthy, illogical, or rigid thought patterns. However, if we start to identify and challenge our thinking, we will find new ways to manage our emotions and change our behaviors.
Coping with Negative Self Talk
The key here is to understand and recognize the power of thoughts, and more specifically the power of words that makes up our self-talk. We can chose words that can help us think in a way that is healthier, more flexible and more rational. What are these words? They are called Positive Affirmations. Telling yourself at the end of a long day “I have done the best I can” or beginning a day with a thought such as “I am thankful for what I have” can bring sense of strength and/or contentment. These feelings can bring out the best in all of us. So pay attention to your inner talk! Check in with the words you use. Are you being kind to yourself and your biggest supporter or are you being your own worst enemy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Woodland Hills, CA
Does this resonate with you, because you feel like those days where you have unhealthy thoughts are starting to outnumber the good days? The good news is that research shows (and our experience as mental health clinicians confirms) that CBT can help with a wide range of mental health concerns including anxiety & depression.
Are you ready to start taking a closer look at the relationships between your thoughts & emotions? The psychologists and mental health professionals at Embracing You Therapy are can help. While we are located in Woodland Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, we provide our counseling services via online therapy in California. So our mental health clinicians can work with anyone in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Tarzana, Encino, and the surrounding communities. Truly, online therapy allows us to help people even further away in California. For more about our practice, check out the FAQs page and blog.