Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective forms of treatment for many common mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Our team of providers at Dr. Messina & Associates in Southlake, Texas, and Flower Mound, Texas, have seen how much this form of therapy can help people who are struggling to manage day-to-day life. If you’d like to know more about how CBT can help you, read below and reach out book an appointment.


What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, also well-known as CBT, is one of the most studied and practiced types of mental health therapies. It is a therapy that focuses on the interconnectedness of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

The goal of CBT is to challenge negative thought patterns and replace them with positive, proactive ones. It’s practiced by engaging a range of techniques that address our faulty thought patterns and behaviors.

How Does CBT Work?

The key role of CBT is to gain an understanding of how our thought patterns affect our emotions, which in turn affect our behaviors. This process involves a variety of methods depending on what strategies are most effective for the individual. Regardless of the method used, the main function of CBT always involves:

What Are the Benefits of CBT?

There are so many benefits to using CBT for our mental health struggles. Through various strategies developed over many years, CBT will help you uncover faulty thought patterns that keep you stuck in a cycle of suffering. With the help of a trained and compassionate therapist, you can work together to uncover a new understanding of human behavior and how to move through the world.

Here are a few ways you can find healing though behavioral therapy:

Improved Relationship with Self and Others

Struggling with relationships creates a lot of obstacles in our life and feeds into feelings of anxiety and depression. CBT is effective at bringing more harmony to our relationships by improving communication and increasing empathy.

Those of us who struggle with our mental health find it hard to create harmonic relationships. That’s because mental distress makes it difficult to empathize and communicate effectively. CBT can help you reevaluate our behaviors and assumptions in relationships, creating more trust and intimacy.

Developing Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Self-sabotage is a common part of our mental health journey. CBT aims to positively interrupt negative behavioral patterns. Through the exercises that are practiced in session and the tasks you’ll do outside of sessions, you’ll learn to change destructive patterns and replace them with healthy ones.

Self-Esteem and Self-Awareness

Low self-esteem can be the source of behavioral problems such as drinking, drug abuse, and binge eating as a way of coping. CBT helps you identify your core beliefs and restructures your thought patterns, which in turn helps you develop a healthier relationship with yourself.

Identifying and Regulating Emotions

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a deep dive into our thought processes. It helps us identify our emotions before they get too powerful. Our thoughts have the power to make us spiral into negative behaviors, fueling our mental health issues.

CBT aims to help you take back control. Through practice of mindfulness, tolerance to distress, and emotional regulation, you learn to feel in control of your thoughts. As a result, you’re left with a sense of confidence and self-assurance.

When Should I Try Cognitive Behavioral therapy

Do you constantly feel tired and does it seem like your life is just about going through the motions? When we suffer from regular anxiety and depression, this feeling of exhaustion is often thought of as normal and “just another day”. Too often we minimize the symptoms that are our bodies way of telling us something needs to change. If you’re tired of feeling mentally exhausted, and you want to experience more joy, confidence, and. peace in your life, it’s a good time to consider CBT.

Seeking Therapy

The clinicians at our Flower Mound and Southlake offices have seen just how effective CBT can be for those who struggle with the day-to-day stress of life. If you’re ready to make a change, you can request an appointment on our site or call us for more info. It would be an honor to become a part of your healing journey.

Here at Dr. Messina and Associates, our compassionate team of professionals are qualified to help you at our Flower Mound, Texas, and Southlake, Texas, offices. Our Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Counselors specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychological testing, and medication management for a variety of emotional and behavioral health needs. All services are available in-person and online (telehealth). If you or a loved one are seeking help with mental health, we are here to help.


Dr. Michael Messina

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