Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

The Banyan Mental Health Program in Boca Raton offers treatment services for mental health disorders and addiction. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one approach to mental health treatment we utilize and specialize in here at Banyan. The idea behind CBT is that our thoughts and behaviors influence each other. By changing the way we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel about life. This therapy examines learned behaviors, habits and negative thought patterns with the view of adapting and turning them into a positive. Unlike some other therapies, CBT is rooted in the present and looks to the future. While past events and experiences are considered during the sessions, the focus is more on current concerns. During a CBT session at Banyan Mental Health, your therapist will help you understand any negative thought patterns you have. You will learn how they affect you and most importantly, what can be done to change them.

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works

Cognitive behavioral therapy looks at how both cognitive and behavioral processes affect one another and aims to help you get out of negative cycles. The emphasis on behavioral or cognitive approaches will depend on the issue you are facing. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety or depression, the focus may be on the cognitive approach. If you have a condition that causes unhelpful behavior (such as obsessive-compulsive disorder), the focus is likely to be the behavioral approach.

This type of therapy is particularly helpful for those with specific issues. This is because it is very practical (rather than insight-based) and looks at solving the problem. Some of the people that may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy include:

  • Those who suffer from depression and/or anxiety.
  • People who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Those who have an eating disorder.
  • Those who have an addiction.
  • People who are experiencing sleeping problems, such as insomnia.
  • People who have a fear or phobia.
  • Those who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • Those who want to change their behavior.


In some cases, CBT is used for those with long-standing health problems, such as chronic pain or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). While the therapy cannot cure such physical ailments, it can help people cope emotionally with the symptoms and lower stress levels.

CBT is also a popular treatment for conditions such as schizophrenia and psychosis. The aim is to identify any connections between your thoughts and feelings and how they affect the symptoms you are experiencing.

For more information on how we treat mental health disorders and cooccurring disorders, contact Banyan Mental Health today. The cognitive behavioral therapy approach is just one of the many treatment methods our therapists and clinicians use for all patients. Our mental health program in Boca Raton understands the difficult path individuals are on when suffering from a mental health issue or substance abuse. We are here to guide you through recovery and help you manage your symptoms.