Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatrists & Psychotherapists located in New Lenox and Hinsdale, IL

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Adapting behaviors and thoughts can dramatically enhance your quality of life, particularly if you struggle with depression, anxiety, or another mental health problem. At Spectrum Behavioral Health in New Lenox and Hinsdale, Illinois, the skilled psychiatry team offers cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) at one of their offices and through telehealth. Schedule an in-person or telehealth psychiatric evaluation today at Spectrum Behavioral Health by phone or online.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Q&A

What is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a form of psychotherapy (talk therapy) in which you work alongside a counselor to change your problematic thoughts and behaviors. Using structured techniques, you become more aware of unproductive thinking patterns and respond to them safely and healthily. CBT is helpful by itself or combined with medication management and other therapies.

What can CBT help treat?

The Spectrum Behavioral Health team could suggest CBT to reduce the troublesome symptoms associated with:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobias
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sexual disorders
  • Substance use disorder
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Schizophrenia

You can have more than one mental health concern at once. Your therapist personalizes CBT treatment based on your needs.

What are the benefits of CBT?

CBT can help you or a loved one better manage mental illness symptoms, including extreme fear or worry, hopelessness, worthlessness, and sadness. It can also reduce the risk of symptom relapses, improve mood, and treat conditions that don’t respond to medication.

Am I a candidate for CBT?

Your Spectrum Behavioral Health therapist completes a psychiatric evaluation to know if CBT is right for you. They discuss your emotions, thoughts, feelings, lifestyle, behaviors, medications, and more to determine the most effective treatment. Your provider also asks about your prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.

What happens during CBT sessions?

During in-person or virtual CBT sessions, you speak with a therapist alone or as a couple, family, or group. You discuss your thoughts and feelings and what’s causing them. Your therapist teaches you effective ways of coping with distressing emotions and stressful life events.

CTB takes goal-oriented approaches to identify negative thinking patterns and solve problems. You learn new techniques and identify ways to better manage your emotions, resolve relationship conflicts, communicate effectively, or deal with grief. CBT can help you overcome emotional trauma, cope with a medical illness, and reduce negative physical symptoms.

Your mental health specialist could recommend weekly CBT sessions combined with lifestyle changes and medication management. They follow up to ensure an exceptional outcome and adjust your therapy sessions whenever necessary to help you thrive. 

To determine whether CBT is right for you, schedule an in-person or telehealth evaluation at Spectrum Behavioral Health today by phone or online.