Counseling Teen CBT Cognitive Behavioral Phoenix Scottsdale

“A sufficiently negative outlook even the happiest moments in life can become a source of anxiety and stress. When we worry, we become preoccupied with an aspect of our lives, desperately trying to anticipate what might go wrong and what might happen if it does. Although we might believe worry is constructive, actually all it usually does is lower our mood. And when we start worrying it can be difficult to stop.

Internalizing feelings can create anxiety and depression in children, teenagers, and adults. Externalizing feelings of pain and trauma and negative thoughts can feed addictions.

Negative life events elevate the risk of mental health problems. Covid has increased mental health disorders in a huge way for youth and adults.

Excessive negative thoughts can be a source : Phobias, Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Post traumatic stress disorder, addictions, alcohol and drug abuse and more.

Cognitive Behavioral therapy treatment is a one on one treatment that helps with : anxiety, anxiety disorders, depression and more. Clients are helped to notice when they are worrying, to interrupt this habitual thinking style and then try alternative ways of reacting to life’s problems.

How does CBT tackle worry? For one thing, it helps people to re-evaluate their beliefs about its benefits. Like many of us, individuals who are prone to excessive worry tend to assume that it helps them. They may believe, for instance, that worrying helps them to anticipate and solve problems; that it provides the motivation necessary to tackle those problems; or that it prepares them for the worst if a solution can’t be found. They may even feel that by worrying about an event they can prevent it occurring – despite realizing that it’s pure superstition. Learning to challenge these kinds of beliefs can be a huge step forward.

CBT also teaches us to confine our worrying to a regular set period of 15 minutes or so each day. When worrying thoughts arise at other times, the trick is to save them for later and let them go. “Expressive writing” can be effective too: you describe your worries in as much detail as you can, focusing on what it feels like, and resisting the temptation to analyse what’s causing your thoughts. And don’t underestimate the power of distraction: work out when you’re most likely to worry and plan a pleasurable, absorbing activity you can do instead.

Many of Cognitive Behavioral therapy techniques for tackling worry are not rocket science: with the right guidance we can all put them into practice. By doing so we’re not merely sparing ourselves hours of futile fretting. If excessive worry is truly the p factor it seems to be, we’ll also be addressing one of the key determinants of our mental health.”

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