Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT) 

CBT is an evidence-based treatment for many disorders including OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, and Depression. Aaron T. Beck developed CBT in the 1960s. In his work, Beck noticed how the presence of automatic thoughts impacted people and was central to depression. Thus, he added the concept of cognitive therapy to behavioral therapy, a treatment focused on changing behavioral change. Since then, CBT has grown substantially. First, much research has been done to demonstrate the efficacy of CBT. There are now third wave behavioral therapies that include mindfulness, too. This includes Mindfulness-Based CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). And of course, as the way we practice therapy changes in light of technological advances, CBT has gone online too.

There are different types of CBT. For instance, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is part of CBT for OCD, BDD and Anxiety. Another example is CBT-E, an evidence-based approach to help people with eating disorders. CBT for depression involves Behavioral Activation.

HOW IT WORKS

PSYCHOEDUCATION

CBT first provides education about how disorders begin and how they are maintained. This arms people with the knowledge to tackle the troubles they’re facing. The therapy also focuses on a person’s relationship to their thoughts.

COGNITIVE THERAPY

Instead of taking every thought that goes through one’s mind at face value, Cognitive Therapy teaches individuals to consider their thoughts through a rational lens. The first step in this process involves noting when your thoughts are making use of a faulty thinking pattern called a “distortion.” For example, if you find you’ve jumped to the worst case scenario, you might be catastrophizing. Given that most of life is not a catastrophe, it makes sense to be suspect of such thoughts. After recognizing that one is wearing warped lenses, they learn to consider the merits of their thought and whether or not they should take it at face value.

Ultimately, this process may not shift how a person feels about a situation at all. That being said, restructuring a thought can help guide people’s actions, even if they still feel scared.

BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

In CBT, people also learn how to practice changing their behaviors. This behavior change, in turn, impacts thoughts and feelings. While people cannot control their thoughts or feelings, they can change their behaviors. By taking different actions, people develop more meaningful lives. Whether through ERP, Behavioral Activation, or engaging in regular eating in a course of CBT-E, Behavioral work is foundational to change in a CBT model.

INTERESTED IN CBT?

Are you or a loved one looking for help? Lauren uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to support Individuals with different disorders. You can learn more about the treatments and services she provides here.

LOCATIONS

Lauren is a licensed psychotherapist in

several states. Learn more about where

Lauren sees Clients, below.

Pastel skies and a pristine beach in Northern California, one of the areas where Lauren helps people using CBT.

CALIFORNIA

When she is offering face to face, Lauren does in-person therapy in Newport Beach. She also provides CBT online throughout California. Her Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego.

The red rock spires of Bryce Canyon in Utah, one of the states where Lauren offers counseling.

UTAH

Lauren provides CBT in the state of Utah. Since she provides teletherapy, she works with people who live in different areas of the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.

Clear turquoise waters in the Keys, one of the places where Lauren treats people in Florida.

FLORIDA

Lauren also offers CBT online in Florida, and sees people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, Lauren can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.

The iconic red rock and lush greenery of Sedona, one part of Arizona where Lauren practices CBT.

ARIZONA

Lauren also practices teletherapy in Arizona. If you’re seeking help in Phoenix, Sedona, Scottsdale or Tucson, Lauren offers specialized CBT online across the Grand Canyon State.

The lavender fields of Provence, France, one international locale where  Lauren provides CBT online.

INTERNATIONAL

In addition to all of the locations previously listed, Lauren offers CBT via teletherapy to a number of countries internationally. You can learn

Cozy couch and computer: all you need for teletherapy and what CBT with Lauren can look like.

ONLINE

Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.

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Coordinator Lisa O’Reilly at the 

OCD Center of Los Angeles

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Newport Beach, CA 92660

©2021 by Lauren McMeikan Rosen, LMFT.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for therapy. If you are interested in treatment, you can email me and I will happily provide you with more information

©2021 by Lauren McMeikan Rosen, LMFT.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for therapy. If you are interested in treatment, you can email me and I will happily provide you with more information