Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT):
- Focuses on the relationship between an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Explores thoughts that may be behind a person’s disruptive behaviors
- Teaches individuals to identify and change inappropriate or negative thinking and behavior
- Addresses specific behaviors associated with a person’s mental illness
- Recognizes negative or harmful thoughts or mindsets
- Replaces negative perceptions, memories, decision making, and problem solving with more positive approaches that can lead to more appropriate, beneficial behavior
- May involve “homework” in-between sessions to help an individual practice new habits
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT):
- Was originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan at the University of Washington to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Incorporates some standard CBT techniques for regulating emotions and thinking objectively
- Is meant to increase a person’s acceptance, tolerance of distress, and mindfulness
- Is experimentally demonstrated to help treat BPD
- May also be effective in treating patients with different symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders, including self-injury
- May also be effective for sexual abuse survivors and those with chemical dependency
Are there side effects to psychotherapy or counseling?
Psychotherapy or counseling does not have side effects the same way that certain medications might. However, some people may experience discomfort from the challenges of counseling.
You may find some things difficult or painful to talk about. Your therapist may ask questions that make you uncomfortable or uncertain. Your counselor may challenge you to try something new in your thinking or behavior.
You may feel nervous or fearful about the things you tell your counselor. However, like physical healthcare providers, counselors are committed to confidentiality. They will not share the things you tell them with others.
Does psychotherapy or counseling really work?
Not every type of psychotherapy or counseling is suited for every person, but with the right approach, psychotherapy can be highly effective.
- One study found that 10 weeks of either interpersonal psychotherapy or psychoeducative group therapy was significantly effective for adults with major depressive disorder.
- With the right therapist, psychotherapy can be more effective long-term than medication for many people with anxiety or depression.
- Specifically, CBT is considered the “gold standard” of psychotherapy because of its effectiveness. Research has demonstrated that CBT has long-term effectiveness for anxiety disorders in youth as well as adults.
It is important that both you and your therapist are committed to the process. Therapy is only truly successful if both you and your therapist fully participate in working toward your goals.
How can I get psychotherapy or counseling?
Contact MindPath Care Centers at 919-792-3940, ext 963, to schedule a consultation. You can also check out our lists of specialists who focus on CBT or DBT.
MindPath Care Centers may recommend a psychiatric evaluation before counseling. In some cases, this may be done online through our free, downloadable Telehealth app. Telehealth also can help you schedule and manage routine follow-ups and stay in touch with your provider.
If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health symptoms, help is available.
At MindPath Care Center, we believe that each person has a right to compassionate, thorough, personalized care. Since 1994, we have made your empowerment our priority, and are committed to providing the resources and knowledge you need to thrive.
Providing individual, patient-centered care, including psychotherapy and counseling, not only benefits the individual, but strengthens our families and communities. MindPath Care Centers is committed to being an accessible, comfortable, safe place to receive mental health care from over 120 experienced, professional associates. This diverse network allows our experts to collaborate to provide the best care possible.
Call now to be matched with a specialist near you. Take your first step to living to your full potential!