Dr. Inna Leiter
My Doctor Recommended CBT - What Is It??
Updated: Feb 15, 2019
Cognitive Behavior Therapy, most often referred to by it’s acronym (CBT), is a broad term for therapies that focus on changing the way we think and behave. Most often, primary care physicians, pediatricians, and other doctors tend to recommend this specific type of treatment because CBT has been extensively studied through clinical trials, so we know that it is extremely effective treating for many of the most common types of problems that we face: depression, anxiety, trauma, oppositional behavior, etc. With CBT, there are clear goals that are set collaboratively between the client and psychologist at the start of therapy and progress is tracked throughout treatment so that we know that the client is moving productively toward those goals. Treatment is largely comprised of skills-building, whereby clients learn specific and very effective tools to help reduce their symptoms. CBT is time-limited, so there is usually an end in site for the therapy and clients move on with new skills that they can use to maintain treatment gains.
If you doctor or your child’s pediatrician recommended Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), or you’re wondering if perhaps this treatment may be appropriate for you or a loved one, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Inna Leiter, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, at 267-551-1984.