OCD: “I’m contaminated … have to wash my hands again…can’t take any chances.”, or “If I don’t go back and check, it will be my fault, I’ll be responsible for (e.g. starting a fire, a hit-and-run ... !)”, or “Having that ('awful') thought must mean I’m a bad person … (or) must mean I’ll lose control and do it!”, "I've got to think that through in the right order before I move on ... ", " I just need to do it again until it feels right".
Anger: “I shouldn’t have to explain it to them a second time …Those people are so stupid!”, “How come everything in the world is so screwed up!”, “I hate getting stuck in these ridiculous lines …”, or “She/He is always doing that to me!”
Relationship issues: “She did that because she’s trying to control me.” “If he really cared, I wouldn’t have to ask him to help with the dishes.” “She never wants to do what I want to do”. “The best way to deal with him/her is to just avoid the whole issue.”
Cognitive therapy (CT) employs a positive, active, educational approach that focuses on how to change and on seeking solutions rather than just simply talking about your past, or “exploring” your feelings and problems. CT is typically provided within an emotionally supportive, empathic relationship, giving opportunity to express feelings and receive caring in addition to working directly on positive changes in your thinking behavior, and your life. The treatment is often short term, because it is more focused on specific goals and treatments techniques, and because it is based in a clear cognitive conceptualization that guides the treatment process. CT emphasizes a collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client wherein they work together to specify goals and to implement the treatment strategies. Each client is assisted in using CT/CBT techniques that will help in resolving current areas of difficulty as well as learning skills that will be useful in preventing relapse and in dealing with future life challenges.
The Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC
3262 Holiday Ct, Suite 220
La Jolla, CA 92037
3262 Holiday Court, Suite 220
La Jolla, CA 92037
The Cognitive Therapy Institute of San Diego