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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy San Diego, CA

Do you feel that you have little to no control over your thoughts, emotions, or behaviors?

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you to finally understand the connection between your thoughts and your actions, so that you can feel more in control of your life

Have you ever found yourself doing a behavior that you never thought you would do or don’t feel proud of? Have you ever felt confused, helpless, or frustrated due to your actions? Perhaps you find yourself engaging in maladaptive behaviors that are not serving you, and you have no idea why. Maybe you feel like your emotions or thoughts have control over you, and you don’t actually feel like you are in the driver’s seat of your own life.

It is very common for us to allow our thoughts and emotions to dictate our behaviors

The majority of the time, this isn’t even a conscious thing — it just happens, and it happens quickly. This can lead to feelings of helplessness, anxiety, depression, or other behaviors such as eating disorders. These feelings are incredibly common, and many people find themselves feeling frustrated and overwhelmed when they are unsure of where these feelings or behaviors came from or how to understand and work through them.

Who Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy San Diego, CA Man Looking Sad Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be a helpful therapeutic modality for anyone that would like to develop a better understanding of how their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are interconnected. CBT is often used for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, and eating disorders – but can be helpful for many other scenarios as well. It involves cognitive restructuring and behavioral techniques in order to break maladaptive patterns. CBT works well for clients that are willing to put in work both inside and outside of therapy, as it can sometimes involve some “homework assignments” to complete between sessions. These assignments will help you to develop a better understanding of your thoughts, and therefore will help you experience relief from negative feelings quicker. CBT also works well for clients that are open to a structured and directive approach in therapy.

CBT has proven to be useful for treatment in the following conditions:
Even if you haven’t experienced any of the symptoms above, CBT can still be helpful if you feel that you would like to have a better understanding of your thoughts and the important role that they play in our overall lives. To learn more about CBT, click visit the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists (NACBT) website.

Seeing a CBT Therapist Can Help

Seeing a CBT Therapist can help you to finally feel more in control of your thoughts, emotions, and your overall life. Oftentimes feelings of anxiety or depression can arise when we feel overwhelmed or hopeless. CBT techniques can help you to understand why you are feeling the way that you are, and also why you may be acting in a certain way. Studies have shown that you may start to feel relief from your symptoms in as little as 3 CBT therapy sessions! Some benefits of seeing a CBT therapist include:

What Does a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Session Look Like?

CBT Therapy San Diego, CA Session Women Having a Breakthrough CBT is a therapeutic modality that emphasizes the important role of our thoughts in how we feel and what we do. In a CBT session, the therapist is typically a little more structured and directive, compared to when using other therapeutic modalities. I may bring in activities for us to complete together in session. These exercises and activities focus on examining your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in an objective way. I will teach you to restructure your thoughts (referred to as “cognitive restructuring”) in a productive and healthy way, so that you are able to alleviate distressing emotions and put a stop to maladaptive behaviors. 

Why Book a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Session With Me?

Self emBody Therapy - Sarah Lawley, LMFT Headshot - San Diego, CA 92109 I was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while obtaining my Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. I am also currently utilizing and in the training program for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E). I have used this therapeutic technique with a variety of clients for many of the conditions listed above. Clients have stated that they felt better after even one session, and significantly better after a few in a row! I have also had clients tell me that CBT therapy allowed them to finally detach themselves from their negative thoughts and emotions, thus improving their overall self-esteem and quality of life.

Not only have I utilized CBT therapy with many different clients, but I have used it in various treating settings including psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, outpatient clinics, school settings, and private practice. In addition to these various treatment experiences, I also use mindfulness and breathing techniques that I have learned through my training as a Registered Yoga Teacher. This provides a unique blend of standardized CBT treatment intertwined with relaxing strategies to help clients feel comfortable during and after session. Though CBT can be a more structured type of therapy, I ensure that my clients feel like we are engaging in a collaborative approach that still involves empathy, space for them to share and process whatever feelings they would like, and relaxing coping skills to utilize both in and outside of session.

Are you ready to put an end to your distressing emotions and behaviors?

Contact me to schedule a 15 minute phone consultation and see if Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in San Diego is right for you!

My Standard Rate is $150 Per Session (50 Minutes)

I do not accept insurance but I do offer Superbills that can be presented to insurance companies for reimbursement. Learn more about my rates and insurance.

You may have some questions about seeing a CBT therapist...

Every client is an individual and has unique treatment goals and considerations. Therefore, there is no one number of CBT sessions that will fit for everyone. However, studies have shown that as little as 3 to 12 sessions may be effective in treating mild anxiety or depression. Some clients prefer to continue meeting with me for a while once they have learned the CBT skills to ensure that they feel confident continuing to implement these skills on their own outside of session.
As stated above, sometimes CBT may involve the therapist assigning some “homework” for clients to work on in between sessions. I believe that CBT is the same as all other forms of therapy — you will get out of it as much as you put into it. I have seen clients implement every single technique that they were taught very quickly, complete all homework assignments, and report to me that their lives have completely changed for the better (and fairly quickly, too!). My goal is never to overwhelm clients, so I always check in throughout our session and see if you feel like we are moving too quickly or as if I am providing too much work in between sessions. I never want you to feel overworked during this process or add any additional stress into your life.
CBT does require you to take a look at and explore your distressing thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. While this can be triggering and may bring up some uncomfortable feelings — the goal of CBT is to let you process these feelings, and then we can move on to examine them in an objective way. I will also implement relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, guided meditations, or progressive muscle relaxations as appropriate to ensure that you are not feeling overly distressed or uncomfortable as we process your emotions.
While CBT can be helpful for a variety of different conditions and types of clients, it may not be the best fit for everyone. If you do not enjoy structure and prefer more spontaneity in your sessions, then CBT may not be the right fit for you. However, I do offer other types of therapeutic modalities that are less structured and directive than CBT — so we can always discuss other options if you are interested in working with me, but just not interested in doing CBT.
Though you will never truly know if CBT treatment will work for you without trying it, research has shown CBT to be highly effective for a variety of different conditions. It is also a great starting point for those that may be new to therapy. CBT can provide you with an array of coping skills that you can learn in therapy and continue to implement in your daily life, long after our time in therapy together is over.

Symptoms and Disorders that CBT Therapy is Used for:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in San Diego, CA

If you’re ready to feel free from distressing thoughts and emotions and learn more about my CBT therapy services, please use the button above or call (619) 800-5393 for a free 15 minute phone consultation.

Self emBody Therapy
EMDR, Eating Disorders, Anxiety
4444 Mission Blvd Suite H,
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 800-5393